Mississippi State women’s basketball coach Sam Purcell has had plenty of success in his time in Starkville, but like so many, he’s not without a bit of a chip on his shoulder. And rightfully so — all teams associated with Mississippi State tend to have one because of the lack of national attention the school receives overall despite some of its standout accomplishments.

Around the same time the Bulldogs knocked off the Illinois Fighting Illini in the NCAA Tournament, 70-56, Purcell released something of a “talk to me nice” list that included some big names. Among those were Charlie Creme, Candace Parker, A’ja Wilson, Joe Biden and Barack Obama.

But after such a dominant win after so many doubted MSU at different points, Purcell has plenty of room to talk as his team has walked the walk.