Dan Mullen has said his goal each year is to reach Atlanta. At 0-2 in the SEC this season, Atlanta looks to be a good ways off.
But following his team’s 19-6 homefield loss to LSU last night, the coach was undeterred when discussing the future of his program:
“We’re trying to create a culture here, a championship culture. It is not a process that is just going to be fixed overnight. We will win a championship here at Mississippi State. It might be this year — who knows? It might be next year, it might be the following year, it might take us 15 years. But we will win a championship here for the people of Mississippi.”
Now that Mullen has raised expectations in Starkville and Bulldog fans have dug deep into their wallets to help fund new facilities, it’s unlikely he’ll be getting any 15-year window to win a title. (It’s also unlikely that Georgia fans are still drooling over the possibility of landing him as their next coach.)
But Mullen is right to say that it’s a process. MSU has made progress. But it’s hard to go from the bottom of the SEC to the top of college football’s toughest division in two years and three games.