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Mississippi State University football fans who are eagerly anticipating the 2010 season are encouraged to join the Starkville Quarterback Club this fall.
The club, which will open its 45th season of weekly meetings on September 2, is devoted to promoting MSU football throughout the season. Club President for 2010 Steve Taylor said the club is expecting a large membership this year with all the excitement with the anticipation of the upcoming season.
âIf you are a MSU football fan, the Starkville Quarterback Club is the place for you,â Taylor said.
Each week, an assistant football coach will give a scouting report on the opposing team and an update on MSUâs team.
âThese scouting reports and updates are a tremendous perk to being a member of the Starkville Quarterback Club,â Taylor said. âThese coaches provide inside information about opposing teams and MSUâs game preparation that is not available through any media outlets.â
The coachâs reports are followed by a primary speaker for the evening. The club works closely with MSUâs Athletic Department in lining up speakers.
Taylor said Bulldog head football coach Dan Mullen will be the keynote speaker at the first meeting on Sept. 2, and that 2010 marks the 30th anniversary of MSUâs famous 6-3 win over the Alabama Crimson Tide in 1980. There are tentative plans to have former MSU head coach of that team, Emory Bellard, to speak at a meeting in October.
MSU basketball coach Rick Stansbury and baseball coach John Cohen are also scheduled to update club members on their respective team outlooks. New MSU Athletic Director Scott Stricklin will speak one week, and other outstanding sports authorities, including members of ESPNâs announcing teams, are being contacted.
Taylor said the awarding of door prizes each week is popular with club members. A helmet autographed by all of the seasonâs speakers is given away at the last gathering of the year. In addition, a wide variety of MSU Bulldog apparel, accessories, tailgate supplies and football-related items are given away each week.
âWe gave away more than $3,000 worth of door prizes last year, and we will do likewise this season,â Taylor said.
The club meets on Thursday evenings during football season at the Starkville Country Club. Social hour begins at 6 p.m., followed by a meal, door prizes and speakers beginning at 7 p.m.
Taylor said Quarterback Club dues for 2010 remain unchanged from 2009. Membership is $125 for the season, and for an additional $60, members are provided a meal that includes a meat (a weekly rotation of fried catfish filets, fried chicken, hamburger steaks and pork chops), two vegetables, salad, bread, drink and dessert for each of the 12 meetings. Taylor said that represents a bargain at $5 per meal. Taylor also emphasized Quarterback Club members do not have to be members of Starkville Country Club.
Many local businesses, banks, law firms and physicians assist the club as sponsors each year. These sponsors will be recognized each week as meetings are announced.
Membership information has already been mailed to last yearâs members. Taylor urged everyone to return his or her registration form as soon as possible. Taylor encouraged football fans who have not been members before and former members to join this year. Potential members and sponsors who have not received information by mail or e-mail may go online at www.starkvillequarterbackclub.com and print a registration form to mail in.
âThe Starkville Quarterback Club meetings are a great way to start the football weekend,â Taylor said. âWeâre also excited about MSUâs football team becoming bowl-eligible this year. We welcome all MSU football fans to join us."
Anyone with additional questions can contact Taylor directly at 662-323-9599.