About Starkville, Miss.:
Starkville is a city in and the county seat of Oktibbeha County. Starkville is an anchor of the Golden Triangle region of northeast Mississippi which consists of Starkville, Columbus, and West Point. The Starkville area has been inhabited for over 2100 years. Artifacts in the form of clay pot fragments and artwork dating from that time period have been found east of Starkville at the Herman Mound and Village site, a National Historic Register site that can be accessed from the Indian Mound Campground. Shortly before the American Revolutionary War period, the area was inhabited by the Choccuma (or Chakchiuma) tribe, who were annihilated about that time by a rare alliance between the Choctaw and Chickasaw. The modern early settlement of the Starkville area was started after the Choctaw inhabitants of Oktibbeha County surrendered their claims to land in the area in the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek in 1830. Settlers were drawn to the Starkville area because of two large springs. A mill southwest of town provided clapboards which gave the town its original name, Boardtown. In 1835, Boardtown was established as the county seat of Oktibbeha County and its name was changed to Starkville in honor of Revolutionary War hero General John Stark.
* Best-selling novelist John Grisham is a 1977 MSU accounting graduate.
* Hartley Peavey, a 1965 graduate, has led Peavey Electronics to world leadership in sales of musical amplifiers and related products.
* Eugene Butler, who founded Progressive Farmer Magazine - the forerunner of Southern Living - was a 1913 graduate.
* Janet Marie Smith, a 1981 architecture graduate, is vice president of planning and development at Baltimore-based Struever Bros. Eccles and Rouse. Before joining the company in 2000, she served as president of Turner Sports and Entertainment Development - a division of Turner Broadcasting System - and as vice president of planning and development for the Atlanta Braves.
* E.B. "Barney" McCool, a 1931 graduate, was a founder of the Holiday Inn franchise.
Something You May Not Know about Mississippi State:
In 1938, Edam cheese was introduced at Mississippi State University by Professor F.H. Herzer. Professor Herzer, who served as head of the Dairy Science Department from 1947-1958, wanted to manufacture a cheese that would draw attention to Mississippi State University. He finally decided on the three-pound cannon ball Edam cheese.
Thus it was that in 1938, the idea for Edam cheese production came to Mississippi State. A rush order to Holland secured ten teakwood hoops (molds), which left Holland just before the ports were closed because of World War II. Here is the whole story here.
The Head Coach:
Dan Mullen enters his seventh season as head coach of the Bulldogs, having posted a 36-28 record. He has guided MSU to four-straight bowl appearances, the first time that has happened in the program's history and his three bowl wins rank first against Bulldog head coaches. In addition, he reached 35 victories at the school quicker than any other Bulldog head coach since College Hall of Fame coach Allyn McKeen in 1942. He already ranks fourth overall at the school in terms of victories.
Mississippi State will celebrate the 100-year anniversary of Scott Field at Davis Wade Stadium with a seven-game home schedule in 2014. Christened after Olympic sprinter Don Magruder Scott, one of State's first football superstars, the 100-year-old historic facility (the nation's second-oldest Division I-A campus football stadium) has undergone five renovation and expansion projects during its history, including a $75 million expansion that will be ready for the 2014 season.