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STARKVILLE, Miss. — Mississippi State University will welcome former head football coach Jackie Sherrill back to Davis Wade Stadium at Cowbell Yell 2013 on Sept. 5 at 10 p.m.

Fans should enter The Junction on the south side of the stadium for the pep rally celebrating the upcoming home football game, the first of the 2013-2014 season. Davis Wade Stadium gates will open at 8:45 p.m. Thursday for Cowbell Yell 2013, while MSU’s first home game will kick off versus Alcorn State University at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7.

“Cowbell Yell is a great event to excite the student body for the football season ahead and pull together support for the Bulldogs,” said Amelia Treptow, assistant director for Student Activities. “The Mississippi State University Student Association is thrilled to announce that the featured guest speaker at Cowbell Yell is former head coach Jackie Sherrill.”

Sherrill coached the MSU Bulldogs from 1991 to 2003, leading the Maroon and White to 75 victories during his 13 seasons at MSU, the most for a single head coach in school history. He also led the team to the Southeastern Conference West title in 1998. During the next season, the Bulldogs won 10 games and finished the season ranked No. 12, the highest achieved by any Mississippi NCAA Division 1-A school since the 1960s.

Other guest speakers will include two former MSU football players: National Football League offensive lineman Floyd “Pork Chop” Womack and former MSU quarterback Matt Wyatt, the color commentator for MSU football radio broadcasts. Additionally, head football coach Dan Mullen and athletic director Scott Stricklin will pep up the crowd.

Other highlights for Cowbell Yell 2013 include the Famous Maroon Band and cheer squad performing MSU’s fight song, “Hail State,” and a preview of this season’s halftime show.

The first 500 guests through the gates will receive a free Cowbell Yell T-shirt, and all students will get opportunities to win autographed cowbells.

For more information about Cowbell Yell 2013, call 662-325-2930.

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