Bulldogs to open season in new uniforms

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By Logan Lowery

Daily Journal

STARKVILLE – Mississippi State will not only open a newly renovated Davis Wade Stadium against Southern Miss on Aug. 30, it will also debut new uniforms.

The Bulldogs and adidas have agreed to a renewed seven-year partnership and unveiled a pair of new uniform designs on Thursday. MSU will don vintage uniforms inspired by the designs of the 1990’s Bulldog attire to celebrate the 100th year anniversary of Scott Field, the second oldest Division I stadium.

“Adidas was very loyal to us at a time when we didn’t have a lot of options,” said MSU director of athletics Scott Stricklin. “Through their help, we’ve strengthened our brand and our royalties are up as a university by 50 percent the last few years.”

The maroon uniform tops feature the words “Hail State” across the chest. Also adorning the ensemble is a maroon glossy helmet with white facemask and white pants with “M-State” logo on the side.

The uniforms will be a one-game only addition similar to the Egg Bowl and Snow Bowl adidas uniforms previously used by the Bulldogs.

“Adidas is pretty cool,” said MSU coach Dan Mullen. “They always keep us pretty ‘swagged’ up, which is important to the 18- to 22-year-olds that are getting out there on the field.”

Also announced on Thursday is a new baseball uniform that the Diamond Dogs will wear on Saturday against Ole Miss. The Code uniform is cream in color from the hat, jersey and pants. A maroon interlocking “MS” logo will adorn the cap and left breast of the jersey.

“Super Bulldog Weekend is the perfect example of how we partner with the Bulldogs and their athletic department on product design and creation to help their student-athletes perform at their very best, celebrating their rich baseball tradition,” said Mark Daniels, director of team sports for adidas America.

Spring game

The Bulldogs will hold its annual maroon-white game inside Davis Wade Stadium Saturday at noon.

MSU returns 18 starters from last year’s squad that finished 7-6 and won the Liberty Bowl. Mullen is hoping for a large turnout.

“The spring game is fun and is a celebration for these guys,” Mullen said. “I want to see 30,000 people there. We’ve got a new stadium and they should be excited to come see it. We’re coming off three straight wins and I want 30,000 people there so I can put guys in situations that maybe haven’t been and might be put into those situations this year and I want to make sure they can handle it.”

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