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SEC Conference Call: Dan Mullen Talks Arkansas

Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen talks Arkansas – Week 13 SEC coaches conference call.

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Dan Mullen Talks Quarterbacks And Arkansas (Video)

Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen previews this weekend’s Arkansas game and discusses the health of his quarterbacks.
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Dan Mullen On The ‘Great Challenge’ Of Facing Alabama

Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen meets the media to discuss this weekend’s matchup with Alabama.

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SEC Conference Call: Dan Mullen Talks South Carolina

Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen talks South Carolina – Week 10 SEC Coaches Conference Call.

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SEC Conference Call: Dan Mullen Talks Kentucky

Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen talks Kentucky – Week 9 SEC Coaches Conference Call.

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SEC Conference Call: Dan Mullen Talks LSU

Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen talks LSU – Week 6 SEC Coaches Conference Call.

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SEC Conference Call: Dan Mullen Talks Troy

Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen talks Troy – Week 4 SEC Coaches Conference Call.



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Mississippi State Coach Dan Mullen: Tyler Russell “Doubtful” For Saturday & Jay Hughes Done For The Year

Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen talks injuries and the outlook ahead of Saturday’s game againt Alcorn State.

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MSU’s Mullen Finally Asked About Egg Bowl Rivalry; Handles It Well

MSU MEDIA DAYSKudos to Tom Murphy of The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for asking the toughie that we’ve all been waiting for.  Murphy asked Dan Mullen about “the in-state dynamic” created by Ole Miss’ current momentum.

Mullen smiled and responded:

 

“I think it’s sparking the rivalry even more.  I think it’s gonna make Thanksgiving night an even bigger game. 

When I got hired the other school in our state they had gone to the Cotton Bowl and won the Cotton Bowl.  And we came up from a team that wasn’t doing very well and won a couple in a row (against Ole Miss) and now we’ve been going to the New Year’s Day bowl games the last couple of years.  And now they come up and they’re starting to create some stir.

Certainly when you go around the state of Mississippi it will make Thanksgiving night this fall a pretty important day throughout the whole state.  Not just an important day in the state of Mississippi, I think it’s gonna draw a lot more attention to it nationally.  How important that rivalry is and how big that rivalry is to everybody in our state.”

 

Mullen’s answer was as good as Murphy’s question.  No coach likes having to say good things about their rival and Mullen doesn’t even like saying his rival school’s name.  But he still credited Ole Miss for creating “some stir” and then he wisely took the opportunity to push the Egg Bowl rivalry which, in turn, pushes his own program.

A younger Mullen might not have handled that question quite so well.  But there were no barbs or suckerpunches.  Just a good answer from a guy with a smile on his face.

Credit to Murphy for the question.  Credit to Mullen for his answer.

Watch video of Dan Mullen at SEC Media Days.

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Mullen Wants His Team To Handle The “Adversity Of Success”

Open the coffin.  Put it in the coffin.  Put the coffin in the ground.  Shovel dirt on top of the coffin.

It’s time to bury the old “Dan Mullen’s never beaten an SEC West foe not named Ole Miss” line.  Congrats, Dog fans.

But with Saturday’s barrier-busting 28-10 thumping of Auburn comes a new set of issues.  And Mullen is aware of that fact:

 

“I certainly don’t know if we’re going to sneak up on anybody this year, but that’s a good feeling to have…

This is a very, very important week for our guys.  We’re in a position right now to do some good things this season.  We started off the season wanting to put ourselves in position.  How do we handle that adversity of success going to play a tough team on the road this Saturday.”

 

Leave it to a coach to come up with the “adversity of success,” but Mullen’s correct.  His team will be the hunted when it visits Troy on Saturday and his players had better focus on the game at hand.  Troy is 1-1 on the season — coming off a 13-point loss to Louisiana-Lafayette — so “tough team  on the road” might be a stretch.  Still, another Louisiana school — the one in Monroe — upset a highly-ranked Arkansas squad just last week.

That should be enough to get the Bulldogs’ attention as they deal with the “adversity of success” this week.

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