Q-and-A: Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen

Not many coaches have consistently won at Mississippi State. Knowing that, was there any hesitancy on your part to take this job?

“There was. One of the main things I looked at was recruiting, really not where the program was but where it could be. Coach [Jackie] Sherrill was here in the ’90s and had a lot of success and won a lot of games. I also did some research on the state of Mississippi. There aren’t kids growing up all around the country saying, ‘Boy, I want to play for Mississippi State.’ But there are kids in Mississippi growing up that way.

How long do you think you’ll coach at Mississippi State?

“As of right now, they like me a lot…”