Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen is coming off the most successful season in his coaching career, and the best season Mississippi State has seen in who knows how long. So this summer you can understand why Mullen may be feeling a little extra confident as he voices his opinions on various college football topics. That includes the state of football at Michigan, I guess.
On Tuesday making a guest appearance on SuperTalk Mississippi, Mullen took aim at Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh, who has taken the Michigan coaching staff on a national football camp tour this offseason. With the water still boiling in the south anytime the topic of satellite camps is on the table, Mullen suggested Harbaugh perhaps focus on his
Mullen: if Jim Harbaugh’s going to have a camp, he’d probably want to teach young kids in Michigan how to be better football players.
— Head To Head (@HeadtoHeadRadio) June 15, 2015
We should add a little more perspective to this conversation. Remember that one of Mullen’s three bowl victories came at the expense of the Wolverines, in the 2011 Gator Bowl. It was a blowout, with the Bulldogs winning by a final score of 52-14. That turned out to be the final straw for former Michigan head coach, and now current Arizona head coach, Rich Rodriguez. Mississippi State beat down a downward trending Michigan, and Mullen should never forget it. Some Michigan fans attending the bowl game in Jacksonville even came with signs that just happened to be a few years too early…
But consider this a small sample size when discussing the talent in the state of Michigan.
Mullen’s comment plays as a shot at Michigan, but it is actually more a comment on the overall talent level within the entire state of Michigan. It figures to be beneficial for Michigan and Harbaugh to focus on improving the level of football talent within the state, but one glance at the roster of another MSU, Michigan State, might suggest there is plenty of talent in the state of Michigan to win. Mullen is kicking Michigan while they are down, hoping they stay down. Meanwhile, Michigan State and Mark Dantonio have been on quite a run the last few years. It has done so with a number of players from the state of Michigan playing at a high enough level to win multiple New Years Six bowl games, something Mullen and Mississippi State have not done.Just saying.