Dan Mullen Comments On Starkville Greeting

Hours after agreeing to become Mississippi State's football coach, Dan Mullen was greeted by several-score Bulldog fans at Starkville's Byran Field. "It's awesome. This is a great reception. This is football in the SEC right here. And I can't wait to get going, get on the road and get guys who want to play for us and get this program back on top."

Mullen, who will have a more formal presentation as Mississippi State's 32nd football coach Thursday morning, spoke briefly with media before he and athletics director Greg Byrne left for campus where they will be at Wednesday night's basketball game. His short comments follow:

"I was thrilled. I'm so excited to be here, it's an unbelievable opportunity. I think we have an opportunity to have an unbelievable program. We're going to get on the road recruiting right away, get those players in here from the state. We're going to try to control this state in recruiting as best we can right now and get it cranked-up and put a great team on the field next year."

What sold you on this job? "Oh, I think the administration, the direction the program is going in. And the talent in the state of Mississippi is unbelievable, the football talent in the state of Mississippi. So I'm excited to get those players in our program and we're going to put a great product out there on the field."

When did you make the decision? "Early this morning." How early? (laughing) "You know, I didn't sleep a whole lot last night. I went to bed, didn't even think about it, and woke up with a big smile on my face excited, ready to go. I couldn't wait to get out here and I can't wait to get started."

Will you coach in the B.C.S. game? "We're going to have to work that out, that's something we're going to decide somewhere later down the road."

"This is great, I couldn't ask for anything more, the passion of the fans here. We want to make sure these fans have something to be proud of when we get out there on the field next year."

What do you think of these cowbells? "I love it! I love it! We're going to make sure everybody's got one and they're ringing ‘em as loud as possible every single game!"

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