The state of Mississippi is back in the national headlines again thanks to a social media posting of an ugly incident. While the students responsible attend Ole Miss, the stain of the criticism falls on the entire state. The actions of a few shame the many. While some will point to this event and paint with a broad brush, the hearts and minds of most Mississippians were not represented by that shameful picture.
All of that said, when people outside of the Magnolia State hear of such things or read the countless articles about these types of incidents, they fail to really single out Ole Miss. The entire state of Mississippi bears the brunt of it including all of the state's colleges and universities. The recruiting pitches become harder to deliver and even more difficult for families of out of state students to accept.
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Some will suggest that out of state students are the culprits more times than not, but that is hardly the issue. The devil may be in the details, but in today's read the comments first and the story never world, the full story is rarely digested. At the end of the day, this is our collective problem. How do we fix it?
In more pleasant news, Mississippi State introduced Samantha Ricketts as the new Bulldog softball coach. Ricketts has served as a Mississippi State assistant coach in each of the four previous seasons. Now installed as the head coach, Ricketts plans to take the program to new heights. One of her first moves was to retain long time assistant Tyler Bratton. That decision was well received within the Bulldog fan base.
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This Saturday, Mississippi State football will welcome dozens of honored guests as Coach Joe Moorhead and his staff host a prospect and family cookout on campus. With the summer dead period over, this weekend will be the first time Bulldog coaches and staffers have had the chance to have face to face contact with recruits since closing out the June prospect camps.
Nearly all of the 2020 verbal commitments are expected to be in town for the event along with several priority Bulldog targets. Mississippi State has precious few spots left for the 2020 signing class, so some prioritizing of available prospects has taken place. While nearly every prospect on the recruiting radar was invited in, some will elect to attend other events at other universities this weekend. Those decisions will give Moorhead and the Bulldog brain trust a solid idea of where they stand with many of their targets.