M-i-s-s-i-s-s-i-p-p-i! Many students, my own no doubt included, often incorrectly add a third "s" in the second requisite pair.
My flag visit to Mississippi was a quick one, and part of a Sunday drive from New Orleans through both Biloxi, MS and part of Alabama. Driving along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, I saw hundreds of people out on their stoops, many with the university affiliations flying in the wind, enjoying the warm and sunny day.
Mississippi is a state that feels strongly about its football team, consistent with much of the culture in the American south. Having studied in the south, I got a taste of that passion, albeit not so much at my own alma mater in Durham.