As has been the case with many other tours, the coronavirus pandemic has forced Mississippi State to switch things up for this year’s Road Dawgs Tour. Instead of a traveling tour with opportunities to hear from Bulldogs coaches in person, the Road Dawgs Tour will be held virtually this year, the school announced this week.

Per MSU’s announcement, starting next week, Mississippi State Athletics will host a five-episode Virtual Road Dawgs Tour presented by Mississippi Farm Bureau Insurance. The tour will feature virtual roundtable discussions with “Voice of the Bulldogs” Neil Price, MSU head coaches and Director of Athletics John Cohen.

New head football coach Mike Leach kicks things off this coming Tuesday, July 7. Fans will be able to log on to the official Mississippi State Athletics Facebook ( and Twitter ( pages to take part in each episode beginning at 6:30 p.m. CT.

Here’s the full schedule for the Virtual Road Dawgs Tour:

Episode 1: Tuesday, July 7
Mike Leach (football), Samantha Ricketts (softball), Chris Woods (track and field)

Episode 2: Tuesday, July 14
Ben Howland (men’s basketball), Julie Darty Dennis (volleyball), Daryl Greenan (women’s tennis)

Episode 3: Tuesday, July 21
Nikki McCray-Penson (women’s basketball), James Armstrong (soccer), Dusty Smith (men’s golf)

Episode 4: Tuesday, July 28
Chris Lemonis (baseball), Matt Roberts (men’s tennis), Ginger Brown-Lemm, PGA (women’s golf)

Episode 5: Tuesday, Aug. 4
John Cohen (Director of Athletics)

The always-entertaining Leach will presumably be a hard act to follow for the rest of the coaches.