Of course, Dan Mullen is the bad guy. He has been kicking Ole Miss' tail for the past 3 years. I can see why he could be the bad guy
On signing day, Dan Mullen told a Mississippi State video crew that he doesn’t just preach values, he lives it every day in his program. Ole Miss fans — familiar with Mullen’s many shots at the Rebels over the years — took his comments to be a thinly-veiled reference to new UM coach Hugh Freeze, a man who speaks often of his faith.
Asked about Mullen’s remarks by The Jackson Clarion-Ledger, Freeze took the high road… as Houston Nutt often tried to do before him:
“I’m sure that all of us express our faith in different ways. I have said from Day One that I’m far from perfect and do not claim to be and certainly don’t judge others. I have said from Day One also that I have great respect for what he’s done there. I give credit where credit’s due. I look forward to trying to increase our momentum against them, but whether or not he meant that toward me — I don’t know why he would, because I will never. I’m not going to talk about something I don’t know, Number One, and have no reason to think anything about me.
We’re not going to enter into negative recruiting. It’s just not what we’re going to do. … Will we be 100% in that? Probably not as a whole staff, but I don’t think that’s going to be the practice we adhere to…
I look forward to talking with him. I do. I know how we feel about that rivalry and I certainly understand it and I get it. I’ve lived here. But at the end of the day, I don’t know that it has to be a rift between the coaching staff because of it. I’m going to want to beat them as bad as we can and he’d going to want to do the same, but I still think you can have a professional relationship. I hope.
I don’t think he in any way in recruiting tried to do anything that was hurtful towards me personally or say anything about me. And I know I didn’t him.”
Mullen is a needler. He’s got a touch of Spurrier and a dash of Kiffin about him. (Cue the “he’s a sweetheart” emails from MSU fans.)
We’ll see how long it take for MSU’s coach to get under the skin of UM’s new head man.
(Sidenote — Because MSU fans are already yelping we’ve changed the word “faith” above to “values.” Mullen was referring to preaching about values, not preaching about faith. This changes nothing, of course, as Rebel fans still took it as a shot at Freeze who is vocal about his faith, values, beliefs, etc. And UM fans taking Mullen’s comment as an insult was what led the reporter from The JCL to ask Freeze his thoughts on the remark… and that’s what led us to post it here.
Here’s a link to the web clip.)