Mississippi State has announced its annual summer tour plans, and this time they're calling it the Our State Tour, which is taken from one of the athletic department's slogans. It's evolved a bit from the annual Road Dawgs Tour that was focused on the football program, and not only in name.
Dan Mullen will certainly be a part of this caravan, but so will new men's basketball coach Rick Ray, along with athletics director Scott Stricklin. All three will be at each of the nine events in as many cities. Seven of the stops will be in Mississippi, and then one each in Alabama and Texas.
Unlike in the past, MSU will take its time getting around the region. Last year it hit 12 locales in five days; this year it will be spread out the nine stops over nearly two months. The Our State Tour begins May 21 and concludes July 19.
In a release from the school, Stricklin said, "This year, we've moved the tour a little later in the calendar to capitalize on the excitement as we begin to turn our focus to the next academic year with football just around the corner."
Here's the schedule:
• May 21: Hattiesburg, 11:30 a.m.; Biloxi, 6 p.m.
• May 22: Meridian, 11:30 a.m.; Olive Branch, 6 p.m.
• May 23: Greenwood, 6 p.m.
• June 4: Birmingham, Ala., 6 p.m.
• June 5: Tupelo, 6 p.m.
• June 7: Houston, Texas, 6 p.m.
• July 19: Jackson, 5:30 p.m. (Summer Extravaganza)