STARKVILLE – Its homecoming weekend at Mississippi State and alumni from around the country will converge on campus over the next three days.
Naturally, there are plenty of festivities and athletic events setup as well. Here’s a quick look at some of those events.
Friday Oct. 11
2:30 p.m. – John Cohen’s baseball squad will take the field for the first time this fall for their first practice. The Diamond Dogs will hold their first scrimmage at 4:30 p.m. The practice and scrimmage are both open to the public.
5:30 p.m. – Former Bulldog and Red Sox legend David “Boo” Ferris will serve as the Grand Marshall of the MSU Homecoming Parade.
6 p.m. – Rick Ray and Vic Schaefer will showcase their men’s and women’s basketball team in The Junction. Included is a slam dunk contest and other activities. There will also be performances from the Famous Maroon Band, cheerleaders and mascots.
7 p.m. – Two of the SEC’s leading scorers square off tonight in soccer action. MSU senior Elizabeth Sullivan takes on freshman Savannah Jordan and No. 12 Florida. Sullivan and Jordan are tied for second in the league and eighth nationally with 12 goals each.
Saturday Oct. 12
10 a.m. – Ferris, Chris Stratton, Ed Easley and Thomas Berkery will speak to the baseball team prior to practice.
11 a.m. – The Diamond Dogs will hold their second fall practice with a 1:30 p.m. scrimmage scheduled as well.
12 p.m. – At 91-years old, Ferris will be honored as the oldest-living member of the MSU Kappa Sigma Fraternity chapter. A courtyard will be named in his honor at the fraternity with MSU director of athletics Scott Stricklin and Rick Cleveland of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame scheduled to speak.
6:30 p.m. – Dan Mullen and the 2-3 Bulldogs take on 5-1 Bowling Green in football action at Davis Wade Stadium.
Sunday Oct. 13
10:30 a.m. – The Diamond Dogs will hold their third practice in as many days with a noon scrimmage slated.
1 p.m. – Vann Stuedeman and the MSU softball team will play an exhibition doubleheader against Shorter College. The Bulldogs defeated East Mississippi Community College 18-0 in Ridgeland last Sunday in the first of seven scheduled fall games. Game two against Shorter is scheduled for 3 p.m.