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New Coach, New Site, Renewed Excitement

New Coach, New Site, Renewed Excitement

Under the combined circumstances a top turnout was anticipated. Still as Greg Byrne prepared to take his place on the elevated stage at one end of the Jackson Convention Complex floor, he took one more look at the still-filling room. "I'm blown away," he said. "A great crowd, people are fired-up, the location is new, alive, fresh and it's great to see all that."

Great indeed. This 2009 edition of the Central Mississippi Extravaganza didn't just turn a new page by moving to the new locale. The annual event was literally reinvigorated with the largest crowd in years as at least 3,500 Bulldog folk celebrated the unofficial opening of a new sports year at Mississippi State. Even more would presumably have made their ways downtown if not for a spate of...

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