Mullen impressive in first SEC Media Day

Senior Writer InsideTennessee
Posted Jul 22, 2009


BIRMINGHAM,ALABAMA It’s not often the mentor admits that he has learned a lot from his student. That wasn’t the case here Wednesday in Birmingham for Mississippi State’s new Head Coach Dan Mullen. The former Florida offensive coordinator become emotional when discussing what it meant to him to tutor and coach former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow.

BIRMINGHAM,ALABAMA It’s not often the mentor admits that he has learned a lot from his student.

That wasn’t the case here Wednesday in Birmingham for Mississippi State’s new Head Coach Dan Mullen.

Every coach was asked the same question in regards to who voted or didn’t for the former Heisman Trophy winner. The only coach on Wednesday that didn’t come straight out and say that they voted for Tebow was Arkansas Coach Bobby Petrino. The second year coach for the Razorbacks left a little wiggle room for interpretation.

It was Mullen that was impressive in his first SEC Media Day as a head coach. He spoke with confidence and about those who had meant a lot in his life and career.

He praised his former boss Urban Meyer, but it was when he was asked several questions about his former quarterback he tutored the last three years that was the most impressive.

One member of the media asked Mullen to give a little insight on Tebow the person, the reporter even laughed, give us a little dirt on Tebow.

“He is one of the most impressive young men I have ever been around,” Mullen stated. “He is a great competitor, but even more of a great young man. He has taught me so much about a lot of things, life. (Mullen then showed emotion, choking up and appeared close to showing a tear) I can’t describe how great a young man he really is.”

Mullen also quipped that he had spent more time in the last three years with Tebow than he did with his wife.

You can definitely tell the two have a special relationship.

Mullen handle the media with poise and class, he also showed confidence of a National Championship winner.

He also appeared to look forward to the next meeting between the two.

Florida will visit Mississippi State in October, a meeting that Mullen is looking forward to.

“It will definitely be different,” Mullen said. “Florida has a special place in my heart. It will be fun and it will be interesting to see them on the opposite sidelines.”

Regardless of the outcome or how much success the first year coach has in Starkville this fall, Mullen made an impressive first impression at his first SEC Media Day.



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