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Alabama head coach Nick Saban addressed the media ahead of Alabama’s matchup with No. 11 Mississippi State. Here’s a summary of what he had to say:
Dan Mullen is entering his fourth year as head coach of the Mississippi State Bulldogs. He has led a surprising Bulldog resurgence that has seen his team beat in-state rival Ole Miss three years in a row. But Mississippi State has yet to beat an SEC West team other than the Rebels. Is this the year Mississippi State takes the next step? Mullen spoke today on that and more:
- Mullen opens by talking about stadium expansion, which will start immediately after the 2012 football season.
- Mullen says the future is bright and that they’re building a championship program.
- A reporter points out Mullen’s record vs. the West, and he talks about how important the first conference game is, which for Mississippi State is Auburn.
- Mullen gets a follow up question on the SEC West and says that “the margin for error is so small between winning and losing.”
- Someone from SB Nation asks Dan Mullen about the various billboards Mississippi State has put up around the state Mississippi. Mullen says he enjoys them, but he doesn’t see them until they go up.
- Mullen fields his third question about the strength of the SEC West and says that his team is not far off from competing in the SEC West and subsequently, for a national championship.
- Mullen says he expects his former boss Urban Meyer to do a tremendous job at Ohio State.
Marc: Dan Mullen reminds me of James Franklin in how he carries himself when talking about his program. He knows the perception people have had about Mississippi State and is working as hard as he can to change it. He’s had a relative amount of success, but his record in the West is keeping Mississippi State from truly being considered a great SEC team. He got multiple questions about that and said that he believes they are close to competing for a division championship, which recently has meant a national championship.
Marq: Dan Mullen is a very confident man, despite Mississippi State’s lack of success against SEC West teams. During his tenure, State has failed to defeat Alabama, Arkansas, LSU or Auburn. That will have to change is the Bulldogs are serious about competing for a SEC title or being a relevant program nationally.