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By STEVEN THOMAS
, Staff Reporter
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 1:00 AM
Keith Thrash, left, and Tammy Adams, right, pose with Mississippi State University Head Football Coach Dan Mullen.
MSU Head Football Coach Dan Mullen spoke last week to a crowd in the Neshoba County Coliseum, saying everyone needed to keep supporting MSU sports, not just football.
"I'm glad to see all of you came out to support us," he said.
Mullen became the MSU Bulldogs' 32nd head coach on Dec. 10, 2008.
The stop in Philadelphia was the last for the 2014 Road Dawgs Tour and was attended by over 50 people eager to hear the coach speak.
Mullen, who is starting his sixth season as head coach, has lead the Bulldogs to four consecutive bowl games for the first time in the school's history.
"We've set new bars for ourselves," he said.
During his first year, Mullen said, we won two out of five home games. But that number has increased steadily every year. This has lead to the football stadium selling out consistently each season.
Currently the school is expanding Davis Wade Stadium, which will include 10,000 more seats to fill.
"It's a good problem to have," Mullen said.
The coach then switched to his players, saying he has the problem of having too many good guys on the team.
This also works out that whenever a player gets injured Mullen knows there is a talented player that can take over.
Mullen also noted that State has a high number of players graduating each year with many continuing into graduate school.
"This year we'll have six guys graduate and others are getting second majors," he said.
All in all Mullen told the gathered crowd that he was excited for the school.
"The upcoming season is going to be great," he said.
Mullen then took comments from the crowd with most wanting to congratulate him in his success.
"My hats off to you," said one man.
Mullen responded to the praise, saying the team deserves the credit.
"I'm proud of them," he said. "My job is to build up good young men."
Mullen was not the only speaker at the event.
Scott Stricklin, Athletic Director, said the school has 16 sport teams and each year more are continuing on to the postseason.
"It's critical that we set standards for our teams," he said.
Stricklin added the school needed people to attend those games to create "an atmosphere of success."
The 2014 Road Dawgs Tour stopped over in other cities such as Hattiesburg, Biloxi, Vicksburg and Greenwood. It also stopped in Huntsville, Ala. and Memphis, Tenn.
The event was hosted by the MSU Bulldog Club, Alumni Association and local alumni chapters.
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