Dan Mullen: New Hire, & More


New MSU football coach Dan Mullen met with the media at the Bryan Building this morning. On the news front, he announced the hiring of Les Koenning as an offensive assistant (exact title TBA). Koenning worked at State under Rockey Felker from 1986-89 as running backs and receivers coach. He most recently was at South Alabama as offensive coordinator and QBs coach for the 2008 season. The 49-year-old has also coached at Texas A&M (twice), Alabama (twice), TCU, Houston, Duke (twice), Miami Dolphins, Rice, UL-Lafayette and Texas.

“He’s obviously bringing a wealth of experience,” said Mullen, who said some other hires could be announced later this week.

Other highlights from today’s session:

• On what it’s been like since he was hired: “I’ve been on a whirlwind tour. Between the recruiting, the interviewing, and every once in a while trying to peek to see what Oklahoma does on defense, basically taking up the 20 hours a day that I’m awake right now, it seems like.”

• On holdover assistants: “It’s still too early to tell exactly in what role everybody that’s here is going to be in. I think the guys that we’ve kept on have done a great job recruiting. I’d say we’re still in the evaluation process with all of those guys at this point.”

• On special teams: “A lot of kids, they’re signing to come play receiver, they’re signing to come play linebacker. What these guys are going to learn is that is as critical a part of the game as the offense or defense. I think once they learn that, then their involvement and their desire to be on special teams is going to be a lot different.”

• On recruiting: “I feel pretty good about how it’s going right now. Recruiting’s a 365-day-a-year job. I don’t if you’re ever caught up in recruiting. You’re just working as hard as you can every single day. I feel pretty good about where we are right now with things.”

• On leaving for Florida on Tuesday: “I know they have a lot of stuff done that I’m going to get caught up on where they are, and then make any adjustments to the plan they  have in place right there or input into the plan they have in place.”

• On talking with former coach Sylvester Croom: “I called to compliment him on the great situation that he’s left me in in coming in here. We did have a chance to visit. I’m looking forward to actually, when I do get a couple minutes to breathe, to spend some time with him and just go through a lot of the things that where he felt everything was here and the direction and advice he would have for me in how we can lead things into the future.”


21 Responses to “Dan Mullen: New Hire, & More”

  1. farley662 Says:

    If he takes any advice from fat a**, I will no longer think Dan is the man.

  2. bleedmaroon Says:

    I dont think he will. Thats just a courtesy visit.

  3. tennesseemarine01 Says:

    About the only two things Sly can tell him is stay away from 3 and out, and don’t rely too heavily on Anthony “Tiptoe” Dixon. All the SEC defenses are ready for him.

  4. maroon1white Says:

    Dan knows what he’s doing.

    He knows better than to think:

    “Well, we had a good practice this week, but we just didn’t execute…”

    Sly your a good man & I respect you, but HC is not your calling.

  5. dadwithpride Says:

    I agree with above. Croom should have been “encouraged” to retire from coaching, but stay on as a recruiting director/mentor/academic counselor for the athletic department. Just not HC material.

    Really havent seen any reports on the JC signees, what do we know about them?

  6. atldawg Says:

    Jucos: We got a 1st-team All American K and P. Leon Berry and Chris White are 2nd team AAs at WR and LB. And if we land McPhee, he’s a 1st team AA. These are huge pickups for positions of dire need.

  7. redsrock1 Says:

    Well, Coach Croom could still be at MSU if he would
    have hired better coaches/coordinators.

    I agree ..Dan is the Man!

  8. dadwithpride Says:

    I was told a Former NE Lauderdale High QB who signed with Ark. State, moved to East Central (MS), was going to be the 1st signee. If so, he’ll be a great asset at KO returner, WR, etc.

  9. benzadawgfan Says:

    Kinda tough on A D. I think that most of his “twinkle toes” moments come when he gets to the point of attack and there is no hole to hit. I do wish he would hit it harder, but with a descent o- line, he could be special. It’s less sec defenses figuring him out and more them figuring out that Woody was going to run his offense either off gaurd or off tackle.

  10. bigdraws Says:

    “I think that most of his “twinkle toes” moments come when he gets to the point of attack and there is no hole to hit.”

    I think you’re exactly right. No telling how many times this year I was sitting in the stands I heard someone say, “hit the hole!!”. Don’t know what they were looking at but I hardly ever saw one.

  11. passtheflask Says:


    You’re talking about Maurice Langston. He signed last week.

  12. nova3930 Says:

    Dixon could be the second coming of Walter Payton and he still wouldn’t get anything if the O line doesn’t make a hole….

  13. gulfwaterdawg Says:

    We have signed 5 JuCo’c
    WR Leon Barry

  14. gulfwaterdawg Says:

    Sorry hit the wrong button
    WR Leon Barry
    K Sean Brau

  15. warbirdz44 Says:

    Jerious Norwood disagrees with you Nova. He had crap for an O-Line too and posted back to back 1000 yard seasons here.

  16. gulfwaterdawg Says:

    WR Leon Barry, K Sean Brauchle, K Heath Hucthins, WR Maurice Langston, ILB Chris White

    And we are still going after McPhee. Also since we named Dan Mullen our consideration list has almost doubled including 3 top 150’s.

  17. bigdraws Says:

    Norwood had David Stewart blocking for him.

  18. JB Says:

    “He’s obviously bringing a wealth of experience,” said Mullen, who said some other hires could be announced later this week.

    That great!!! But is there any football talent left at Miss A&M for them to work with?

  19. skydawg706 Says:

    BIGDRAWS—agree hard to run through something that is not there.

    Recall one time where there was a big hole and Tyson did not hand the ball off to him – Tyson got tackled – fans around me and I sure AD thoughts were – I cannot believe it – hole was big enuff to drive a truck through.

    Think of the times AD made big runs was when holes open and there was some down field blocking.

  20. nova3930 Says:

    Warbirdz, I was a student @ State when norwood was playing. That O-line had its issues, but they could make a hole..

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