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Mullen Tries To Keep Dogs On Team Routine

Dan Mullen would very much rather have talked football. The on-field fun stuff. About Mississippi State's 7-2 record, six-game winning streak, and this open date. But then this is far, far from the normal bye-week, because the Bulldogs are saying painful farewells to teammate and friend Nick Bell.

"Right now team going through some tough times, in dealing with a situation you hope no team ever has to go through," Mullen said this morning during his weekly SEC teleconference. "It's tough for young people to deal with." As the 38-year-old coach's voice betrayed, dealing with the death of the 20-year-old defensive end is no easier or simpler for Mullen. Bell's Tuesday passing from cancer has...

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