MSU’s Dan Mullen keeps going and going and going and …

During Dan Mullen’s early years as a football coach, he would return home to Manchester, N.H., every Thanksgiving and play pickup football games with his old teammates from Trinity High School, where he had played quarterback.
He was QB for the pickup games, too, but he wouldn’t just give the standard backyard instructions, “Get open.” No, he’d pull stuff straight from his college playbook.

“He’d come up with these plays, and we’d be like, ‘What’re you talking about? We can’t do this,’ ” recalled Gary Nelson, one of Mullen’s ex-teammates. “He’s calling all these spread offense plays … we’re like, ‘We just played high school ball.’ ”