New MSU head coach makes fast connections, especially with players

STARKVILLE – Dan Mullen is sitting in his expansive office on an early April afternoon, surrounded by pictures of football players like Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow, various plaques, stenciled footballs, and other accoutrements of his successful coaching career. He’s not in coach mode right now, though.
No, he’s in Cousin Eddie mode.

“I don’t know if I oughta go sailin’ down no hill with nothin’ between the ground and my brains but a piece of government plastic,” Mullen says with a passable Southern accent. “The plate runs right under my part. If it gets dented, my hair ain’t gonna look right.”