There will be a Road Dawgs Tour in 2022 after all. This year’s edition will take place just a little later than previous meetings of Mississippi State’s coaches and administrators.
Mississippi State has established a three-date, four-event schedule for the Road Dawgs, as announced today. All stops are crammed on June 14, 15 and 16 and all will be in the home state. That’s not all State has in mind for the summer, however.
A new “tour” will follow later, called Hail State Happy Hours. Despite the title, the less formal events are reserved for around ninety minutes of socializing, fellowshipping, and whatever else seems appropriate to attendees. These Happy Hours are still being planned with a firm schedule to be released in the coming weeks. They should also extend beyond state borders.
All of these events are a collaboration of the Bulldog Club, the Alumni Association and the various local alumni chapters. Ticket information and other details can be found through the AA at alumni.msstate.edu/roaddawgs.
As for the announced events of June, they will feature the football coach of the third season mike leach as well as the new trainers for the Bulldog and Lady Bulldog hoops. Chris Jan and Sam Purcell can introduce themselves to fans and vice versa. In addition to coaches, officials and staff from the Bulldog Club, the Athletic Department and the University will be in attendance.
The set schedule for Road Dawgs is:
Tuesday, June 14: Olive Branch (11:30 a.m.), Hilton Garden Inn, Craft-Goodman Frontage Road
Greenwood (6:00 p.m.) Elks Lodge, Washington Street
Wednesday, June 15: Gulfport (6:00 p.m.) Sully’s Restaurant, 30th Avenue
Thursday, June 16: Jackson Area (6:00 AM) Sheraton Flowood Refuge Hotel & Convention Center, Refuge Blvd, Flowood.
Previous Road Dawgs tours have typically taken place primarily in May with a July stop in the Jackson metro area.
Happy Hour events can be more easily scheduled based on the availability of Mississippi State coaches who have their own summer responsibilities with Summer Hope Camps. Additionally, Leach will be in Atlanta on July 19 for this year’s SEC Media Days. Mississippi State has set up a morning slot to meet with the league and the national press corps, shared with Alabama.
The pre-season training schedule for Bulldog football has yet to be announced with a season opener on September 3.