Monday night in Biloxi, Mississippi State sports fans heard from the head football coach and the head basketball coach. The cowbells rang in support of the Mississippi State football and basketball teams Monday night in Biloxi. Head Coach, Dan Mullen, is proud of the steady progress the Bulldogs have made.
Mullen says, “Going to four straight bowl games, going 3 and 1 in those bowl games. Two of them on New Year’s Day, winning four of the last five Egg Bowls, all those things are huge. Those are building blocks of a successful program that we want to have for a long time.” The basketball team is coming off a season in which they won 14 games and lost 19 games. Head Coach, Rick Ray, says the S.E.C. will be looking up to his team. Ray says, “And now we'll have an influx of guys on our team. So now we'll have seven guys on our team 6' 7" and above. So when we step on the court we'll actually look like an S.E.C. team.”
Ray commented on the recent banning of Los Angeles Clippers owner, Donald Sterling, for his insensitive racial remarks. Ray also says, “It’s unfortunate that you even have to talk about something like that in this day and age, but I think it was real good for the commissioner, being new in the N.B.A., to take swift message that we're not going to have problems like this and we're not going to deal with that.” The games are months away. Monday night, local fans dreamt of wins on cool fall nights on the football field and warm winter nights on the basketball court.
Mullen closes, “This is one of our favorite stops in this event every year. Just the atmosphere, the social atmosphere. I enjoy it.” The Mississippi State football team opens their season August 30th in Starkeville against Southern Miss.