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story.lead_photo.caption Mississippi State University police say vandals spray painted the words "Woo Pig" on a statue of the school's bulldog mascot. - Photo by Mississippi State University Police

Mississippi State University police said vandals spray-painted the words "Woo Pig" on a statue of the school's mascot located near the football stadium last week.

The statue of the bulldog, named Bully, was vandalized between 8 p.m. Friday and 5 a.m. Saturday, the university's Police Department said Tuesday on Twitter.

There are a number of Bully statues on campus, but the only one defaced was located in the tailgating area known as the Junction next to Davis Wade Stadium, university spokesman Sid Salter said in an interview Wednesday.

Vandals sprayed the bronze statue Razorback red and painted the words "Woo Pig" on the side of its white base. On the other side of the base, the vandals wrote the date Nov. 17, when the Razorbacks travel to Starkville to take on the Bulldogs.

In Week 2, Arkansas blew a 14-point lead in the second half and lost to Colorado State on the road. No.16 Mississippi State traveled to Kansas State and dominated the Wildcats 31-10.

Salter said maintenance crews used a sand blaster to remove the graffiti, and it's "clean, shiny and pristine" for Saturday's home game against Louisiana-Lafayette.

Additional measures are not being taken to protect the statue, which is vandalized every two or three years, he said.

An investigation is ongoing, and campus police may offer a cash reward to anyone who provides information leading to an arrest, according to the Twitter post.

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  • Guest0987
    September 12, 2018 at 4:14 p.m.

    That is in bad, bad, taste. Hillbilly all the way.

  • KathyHolt
    September 12, 2018 at 4:34 p.m.

    Not cool. Not OK. We are better than this.

  • MaxCady
    September 12, 2018 at 5:07 p.m.

    That sounds like something a Mississippi redneck would do just to stir up trouble. It was probably the only thing he could spell! The hapless Hogs don't play them for 2 more months!!

  • dumblikeme
    September 12, 2018 at 5:20 p.m.

    Whether Mississipian or Arkansan, this definitely has redneck written all over it. I like how the reporter used this opportunity to take a cheap shot at the Razorbacks for the poor performance last week.

  • ZeebronZ
    September 12, 2018 at 7:26 p.m.

    We play them right? Why make them mad and make them want to hurt somebody. I'm pretty sure it wasn't anybody on the team. They can't spell those big words.

  • RobertBolt
    September 12, 2018 at 10:01 p.m.

    Poor Bully was just another sports totem. Confederate generals are more deserving targets.

  • UoABarefootPhdFICYMCA
    September 13, 2018 at 12:03 a.m.

    That has nothing to do with hillbilly why dont you quiet down you racist.

  • UoABarefootPhdFICYMCA
    September 13, 2018 at 12:04 a.m.

    You cant point to one reason this has hillbilly or redneck all over it. You leftist clowns are so illogical irrational so hateful so fking trash.

  • CartoonDude
    September 13, 2018 at 7:28 a.m.

    The Mississippi State coach probably did this. Gotta get his team all riled up!

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