Bell Foundation Set Up; Cristil Gets His Day

A couple of noteworthy items have cropped up today, and both involve MSU people being honored and/or remembered. Here, read.

• The Nick Bell Mentoring Memorial Foundation has been set up by his family. Bell, the MSU defensive end who died from cancer on Nov. 2, has been praised for his commitment to friends, family and God, and this foundation aims to teach those qualities that Bell embodied.

The main text on the site was written by Bell’s mother, Linda. On a personal level, it’s been quite inspirational to watch, even from a distance, the way she has handled this tragedy. Instead of pulling away, she has made sure her son’s legacy lives on in others and is as big a Bulldog fan as you’ll ever meet.

Also, in case you missed it, MSU recently planted a tree and made a plaque in honor of Bell.

Jack Cristil, the voice of the Bulldogs for 58 years, gets his own day Wednesday. The Mississippi House and Senate have proclaimed it Jack Cristil Day, and the 85-year-old will be honored Wednesday at the Capitol building in Jackson. He’ll have the chance to address both governing bodies when he is recognized.

MSU president Mark Keenum and athletics director Scott Stricklin will be on hand. Cristil hung it up with two games left in the basketball regular season, citing health reasons. If you’re interested, here’s the Senate resolution regarding Cristil.