By Danny P. Smith
The Mississippi State athletic department has a clock at the top of is website which counts down significant sporting events.
For the past several weeks, the clock has been showing the weeks, days, minutes and seconds until the start of Super Bulldog Weekend.
The time has just about expired.
On Friday, the athletic competition begins at 3 p.m. when the women's tennis team hosts Auburn in a Southeastern Conference match.
It hasn't been the greatest of seasons for the Lady Bulldogs, but it's going to be a nice day to get out to the Pitts Tennis Centre to watch some tennis.
MSU women's tennis coach Daryl Greenan looks forward to getting a crowd into the home venue to support a group that has been fighting hard, but has been behind the eight ball due to injuries.
The Bulldogs begin SEC series in softball and baseball on Friday. In baseball, the fourth-ranked Florida Gators come to town for games at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, at noon on Saturday and noon on Sunday. Like tennis, Auburn visits the campus for softball with games at 5 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Of course the main attraction and what caused Super Bulldog Weekend to be created in the first place is the Maroon-White Spring Football Game. Kickoff is 5 p.m. on Saturday for this year's event.
There seems to be a great deal of excitement generated after the season Mississippi State enjoyed last season, climaxed in the Gator Bowl victory over Michigan.
There should be a big crowd present at Davis Wade Stadium to see what coach Dan Mullen and the Bulldogs have been up to in the last several weeks of spring practice.
In some respects, Super Bulldog Weekend has become even more of an attraction than the football homecoming in the fall.
That's because there's more than just football involved. There's baseball, softball, women's tennis, volleyball and soccer this year. There will be alumni matches in volleyball and soccer that begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday.
It's not just all about the sports either. Super Bulldog Weekend has expanded so much that there's something for everyone to enjoy.
If you come to campus this weekend and can't find something of interest, then you're not looking very hard.
Danny P. Smith is sports editor and columnist for the Starkville Daily News. The opinions in this column are his and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Daily News or its staff.