Successful Mullen Tour Concludes

STARKVILLE – Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen returned to Starkville on Friday after visiting with more than 2,000 Bulldog fans on a four-day, six-city speaking tour around the Southeastern United States. Deemed a "rousing success" by director of athletics Greg Byrne, the tour featured standing-room-only and overflow crowds at each stop.

Mullen spoke to remarkable crowds at both the Capps Entrepreneurial Center in Stoneville, Miss., and Whispering Woods Hotel and Conference Center in Olive Branch, Miss., on Monday. After a day at the American Football Coaches Association Convention, the head coach greeted an overflow audience at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel in Nashville Tuesday evening.

On Thursday, Mullen spoke at the Hattiesburg Country Club before heading to The Dock on the Mississippi Gulf Coast for yet another speech to a standing-room-only crowd.

"The support and turnout at these events speaks directly to the passion that Mississippi State fans have," Mullen said. "It's been great to get off to such a good start, now we have to get everybody to keep pulling in the same direction."

Mullen returned to Starkville late Friday morning after beginning the day at the Mississippi Athletic Administrators Association Convention. At the event, held in Vicksburg, Miss., Mullen spoke with superintendants, principals and athletic directors from high schools across the state.

"Our thanks and appreciation really goes out to those members of the Bulldog Club and Alumni Association that helped make these events such a rousing success," Byrne said. "No school in the country has more dedicated and passionate fans, and that was visible at every stop we made."

Those that missed the opportunity to see Coach Mullen on the road this week have several chances to see the head football coach in the near future. Mullen will speak at halftime of this weekend's men's basketball game against Vanderbilt (Saturday, Jan. 17, 7 p.m.) and again during the men's basketball game against Ole Miss in two weeks (Saturday, Jan. 31, 12 noon).

On National Signing Day, Wednesday, February 4, Mullen will speak about his first signing class at events in both Starkville and the Jackson metropolitan area. Details of those events will be announced in the near future.

Details will also be forthcoming about the third annual Road Dawgs tour, a series of events featuring Coach Mullen and several other university officials during the spring and summer.

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