Archive for January 15th, 2009

Mullen Poll: How Long?

January 15, 2009

Ran across a story by ESPN.com’s Ivan Maisel about new MSU football coach Dan Mullen (thanks to the Six Pack for the heads up). Maisel’s focus was on how many years the modern coach has to prove himself. Maisel contends that even at State, the expectation is for a quick turnaround. “Moving quickly and talking quickly had best lead to winning quickly,” he wrote.

So I put it to you, the Bulldog fans: How long should Mullen be given a chance to prove he can win at MSU? Not how quickly you think he will do it, but what do you think is an acceptable number? Go on and vote, and add your comments.

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Mullen Officially Approved

January 15, 2009

OK, now it’s officially official: Dan Mullen has received IHL Board of Trustees approval as Mississippi State’s head football coach. Of course, he’s been hard at work for five weeks recruiting and getting to know the fan base. In fact, today he’ll wrap up the regional tour he’s been on this week, in Hattiesburg and Gulfport.

A reminder, Mullen will make $1.2 million a year for four years (expires Dec. 10, 2012). He gets $250,000 from auxiliary funds and $950,000 from the MSU Foundation.

Mullen Contract on Agenda; Plus, Hoopage

January 15, 2009

The IHL Board of Trustees is meeting right now, and it’s expected to approve the contract of new Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen. I was going to wait until they did that before posting this entry, but they’re taking forever. You can watch it online right here. I’ll have a new post when it’s done. Also, new MSU president Mark Keenum was formally introduced to the Board of Trustees and got a standing ovation.

Also on the football side, former Bulldog offensive line coach J.B. Grimes has interviewed for a job at Auburn.

To the basketball court, here is the game story from MSU’s 83-74 win over Alabama last night. The Bulldogs (12-5, 2-0 SEC) took sole possession of first place in the Western Division by beating the team that was picked in the preseason to win it. And here is the notebook.

On the women’s side, the Lady Bulldogs host No. 13 Tennessee at 7 tonight. Think they have a shot? Well, begin forming your opinion by reading my game advance in today’s paper. State is 0-for-28 against the Lady Vols.