Mississippi State Spring Game Rained Out; Leach Not A Big Fan of Spring Games Anyway

Mississippi State's scheduled spring game for noon on Saturday was canceled after the Bulldogs only got to practice punts.

Because of lightning and heavy rain shortly after 11 a.m., fans were asked to evacuate Davis-Wade Stadium in Starkville. The team waited it out for two hours in the locker room before State decided to cancel the game.

State will hold a scrimmage open to the public on Saturday at Davis-Wade Stadium at a time to be determined.

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"I'm not a believer in this spring game," State coach Mike Leach said last week. "Just go through the motions, run a couple drills, and wave at everybody. I hate that. I can't even fathom that on every level."

Rain checks or refunds were not offered to the State fans who attended the punting practice as no admission was charged.

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Guilbeau joined OutKick as an SEC columnist in September of 2021 after covering LSU and the Saints for 17 years at USA TODAY Louisiana. He has been a national columnist/feature writer since the summer of 2022, covering college football, basketball and baseball with some NFL, NBA, MLB, TV and Movies and general assignment, including hot dog taste tests. A New Orleans native and Mizzou graduate, he has consistently won Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) and Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) awards since covering Alabama and Auburn at the Mobile Press-Register (1993-98) and LSU and the Saints at the Baton Rouge Advocate (1998-2004). In 2021, Guilbeau won an FWAA 1st for a game feature, placed in APSE Beat Writing, Breaking News and Explanatory, and won Beat Writer of the Year from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA). He won an FWAA columnist 1st in 2017 and was FWAA's top overall winner in 2016 with 1st in game story, 2nd in columns, and features honorable mention. Guilbeau completed a book in 2022 about LSU's five-time national champion coach - "Everything Matters In Baseball: The Skip Bertman Story" - that is available at www.acadianhouse.com, Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble outlets. He lives in Baton Rouge with his wife, the former Michelle Millhollon of Thibodaux who previously covered politics for the Baton Rouge Advocate and is a communications director.