MSU football receives $12 million donation

STARKVILLE, MS (AP) - Mississippi State's athletic department has received a $12 million donation from the Seal Family Foundation, which will be used toward building a new football practice facility.

It is the largest donation in program history and provides a large portion of the project's estimated $20 to $25 million cost.

With the Seal donation, MSU says $17 million has been raised for the project, which will be paid for using private money.

The donation is from twin brothers Lee and Leo Seal, both former MSU football players. It is in honor of their late father Leo Seal Jr., who also played for the Bulldogs.

MSU athletic director Scott Stricklin said construction on the 80,000-square foot facility would begin soon after the full amount of money is raised.

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