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Mullen Puts Some Spin On MSU’s Disappointing Season

If you’re Nick Saban and you take over at Alabama, then it’s possible to go from seven wins to 12 to a national title in three short years.  But if you’re Dan Mullen at Mississippi State, the odds of going from five wins to nine and then on up are a bit longer. 

For that reason, this recent comment about his program’s overall rebuilding process may well be true:


“I’ve said all along, this is one of the most important seasons in school history, and we’re battling through that right now.  We get ourselves to a bowl game this year, and hopefully a really good bowl game, you know what, we’re going in the right direction we want to go with this program.”


Yes, but fans don’t want to hear that.  In a big picture view, if the world looks back in 10 years and sees that Mullen’s record at MSU looked like this — five wins, then nine, then seven, then 10, then eight, then a title — then, sure, this year would be viewed as part of the building process.

But in the here and now, Mullen will have a hard time selling a 1-4 SEC record as progress.

 


7 comments
AllTideUp
AllTideUp

The most surprising statement in the article is that Mullen still seems to think they have a shot at going to a "really good bowl game" this year. If he counts the Liberty Bowl as a really good bowl game then maybe so, but it's not likely even if they win out.

wdh1962grad
wdh1962grad

AllTideUp, looking forward to hosting the RE's on the 12th....of course MSU has no chance......just like in 1980. :)

AllTideUp
AllTideUp

I always enjoy the MSU game. They are one of the few SEC teams I have no animosity towards ;) I live in Tuscaloosa so I know plenty of people that went to State or who are from East MS.

toh1997grad
toh1997grad

Good point wdh. As a grad from '62, I'm sure you've made yourself pretty successful in life. You may even be retired at this point living the good life. If that's the case, I think you should show your support for Mullen and our Bulldogs by making some sort of substantial gift to our fine university. Maybe something along the lines of club level seating for your kids and grandkids or something. i don't know...

wdh1962grad
wdh1962grad

The check is in the mail.....:) The guy who owns/runs this site ticks me off sometimes...seems to be inclined to take shots at CDM...of course his whole object/career is about stirring things up to get folks to visit the site...so he is succeeding.....

buzzardroostus
buzzardroostus

MSU fan here too...It's hard to build a program anywhere, much less a place like MSU that's never had any sustained success. The recruiting battle is huge. And to make any head way in recruiting MSU needs to string together 3 or 4 seasons that see MSU bowling at seasons end. If MSU can get to 6 wins this year I will see progression. Yes, it's a disappointment after last year's success, but not going backwards. And who knows what would've happened if MSU finds a way to win the Auburn game. That game really deflated things for us. And we're just now getting over it. Relf fooled everyone into thinking he could be a successful QB in this league. But now we know Tyler Russell is the future and just now beginning to develop an identity.

wdh1962grad
wdh1962grad

I'm a fan of MSU football....grad of '62...and am very comfortable with where CDM/his staff and players are right now. The program is on the right track....2010 was wonderful....however, no one with any knowledge of the SEC, especially the West Div., and any sanity, thought our record would be better in 2011....Over and over on the message boards related to MSU sports and leading up to the start of the season, the comment was made: "we could have a worse record in 2011, but still be a better team"....and that is precisely what has happened. What amuses me is the continued expressed disbelief by some in the media ( and some MSU fans) that Coach Mullen is at MSU for the long haul. He is not going to leave without finishing the job he has begun. He will have MSU football consistently winning and 'bowling'.



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