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Dan Mullen talks State football in Hattiesburg

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Mississippi State University Head Football Coach Dan Mullen stopped by Southern Oaks House and Gardens in Hattiesburg on Monday to help promote the university's newest football facility and talk some football.

He wasn't the only Bulldogs coach on hand. First-year Head Men's Basketball Head Coach Rick Ray shared some words, as did first-year Head Women's Basketball Coach Vic Schaefer. 

Mullen says the tour, which he's been a part of all three seasons he's been at the helm of Mississippi State, helps thank fans for their involvement in the athletic program. "This is an opportunity for us to get out, thank all of our fans, and say hello to everybody that got to come out," he said, "They get to meet the coaches, I know we have both our new basketball coaches out on the trip with us, Scott Stricklin, our Athletics Director.

"Every year, we get to go out, and say thank you to all the fans and all the support they've given us through the previous year."

Not unexpectedly, the evening wasn't without some competitive banter directed at in-state rivals Ole Miss and Southern Miss. "We've signed more kids from Mississippi than the other two schools combined," said Mullen to a crowd of about 150 plus "That's why this is our state."

Specifically regarding his team, Mullen said liked what he saw following the Spring. "I think our team has gotten that chip on their shoulder back a little," he said.

The tour later traveled to the coast Monday night, and will make stops in Olive Branch, Meridian and the Delta.

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