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Five True Facts about Mississippi State football

October 13, 2017

1. Former Mississippi State coach Emory Bellard is credited with inventing the wishbone formation.

2. Former coach Jackie Sherrill had the Bulldogs observe the castration of a bull as a motivational technique prior to a game against Texas. Unranked Mississippi State subsequently beat the No. 13 Longhorns.

3. Mississippi State reached its first No. 1 ranking in 2014 after beating No. 7 LSU, No. 6 Texas A&M and No. 2 Auburn.

4. Despite decades of attempts by opponents and authorities to banish it from scenes of competition, diehard State fans still celebrate Bulldog victories loudly and proudly with the distinctive sound of ringing cowbells.

5. Famous alumni include author John Grisham, former MLB player Rafael Palmeiro, former U.S. Senator John C. Stennis and comedian Jerry Clower.

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