Croom tour

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Croom’s tour includes stop at Paw Paws

Mississippi State University Head Football Coach Sylvester Croom will be among those included in the university’s second annual Road Dawgs Tour, scheduled to visit Batesville on Tuesday, April 29.

The Panola County stop is one of 15 scheduled for the tour, which includes visits in Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Texas.

Other athletic and administrative officials are scheduled to appear with Croom at each of the tour’s locations, and each stop will include university representatives from the Athletic Department, Alumni Association, Bulldog Club, and Office of Admissions and Scholarships.  The tour is co-sponsored by the university’s Alumni Association, the Bulldog Club and local alumni chapters.

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The Batesville visit will take place at noon at Paw-Paw’s Resturant. The event is open to the public. Tickets are $10 per person.

“The purpose of the Road Dawgs is to take MSU into local areas,” said Jimmy Abraham, associate vice president for development and alumni.  “We want representatives from our university to visit with as many people as possible and this tour helps us do just that.”

“MSU Athletics is thrilled to be partnering with the Alumni Association to get out and ‘take over’ these local communities,” said Greg Byrne, incoming director of athletics. “We are excited about the opportunity to let our fans and alumni know how important they are to Mississippi State.”

Other in-state tour destinations scheduled for the Road Dawgs include Brookhaven, Clarksdale, Columbus, Greenville, Hattiesburg, Meridian, Jackson, Olive Branch, and Tupelo. Out-of-state locations include Birmingham and Mobile, Ala.; Atlanta, Ga.; Memphis, Tenn.; and Houston, Texas.

“If you live in or near one of the cities the Road Dawgs will be visiting, we encourage you to make plans to attend the events,” Abraham said.  “Let’s get together and celebrate Mississippi State University in your hometown.”

For more information about the Batesville event, contact Richard Russo at 662-414-0003 or , or Judd Gentry at 662-609-2472 or . You may also visit