September 7, 2009

Mullen earns first career victory

It was 37 years in the making but Dan Mullen earned his first win as a head coach on Saturday.

Mullen decided very early in life that he wanted to become a head coach and with Mississippi State's 45-7 victory over Jackson State improved to 1-0 for his career.

"Obviously the first game as a head coach was unbelievable for me to see the excitement in town to get the third largest crowd in history and then saw the excitement outside the game," Mullen said. "It was a big time atmosphere. We were playing a historic game and an instate rival which I thought was fantastic."

Since the game ended Mullen has evaluated many things about how the offense, defense and special teams played on the field. But it should come by no surprise that stickler for details even evaluated himself and made notes of how to improve his own performance on the sidelines.

"I'm watching things and going through the game over and over again and I have a lot to improve on as a head coach just in my functioning on the sidelines," Mullen said. "That was the first game that I've been back on the sidelines in a couple years. It's just a bunch of game management things that I need to be smoother with, with our transition. It's great to get that first win and we really went home and enjoyed it as a family (Saturday) night."

After reviewing film, Mullen assessed how the Bulldogs performed in all three phases.

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