Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Southern Exposure: SEC Fans

For Gamecock Nation, attention is already turning to baseball (independentmail.com)
It’s probably a good thing that the South Carolina basketball team played on the road this past weekend.

Attendance has already been abysmal this season, and it would’ve had to compete for attention with a baseball scrimmage.

That’s right, a baseball scrimmage.

The first weekend of practice for the back-to-back national champion Gamecocks began with stellar crowds. There were reports of over 2,000 fans showing up for Saturday’s 6-inning scrimmage. Plenty of fans were there Friday and Sunday as well.
MSU announces new baseball support group for students, The Dudes (reflector-online.com)
The Mississippi State baseball program is launching a new student support group for the upcoming season to get students involved with athletics. 
Head baseball coach John Cohen said he is excited about the opportunity to have a student support group.

"We have had interest on campus in creating a student-oriented baseball support group," Cohen said. "Essentially it's centered on the availability of chair-back seating and a unified, cohesive student fan group."

Incentives for members include free jersey-replica T-shirts, premier seating at home baseball games and the opportunity to be part of a strong athletic organization, as well as many other advantages.
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In addition, members of the fan group can earn more gear the more frequently they attend games. Rhett Hobart, Student Assoication President, said The Dudes will be linked to the revamped Bulldog Coalition.

"It's going to be in partnership with our new Bulldog Coalition system so students will be able to keep track on what games they go to," Hobart said. "We can track how many games you go to, and once you scan in people get more points along the way and earn more prizes."

Also read The Dudes are Coming (scout.com)

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