Bjork comments on Egg Bowl experience

Interesting comments here from Ross Bjork on the decision to play Dan Mullen’s comments about never again losing to Ole Miss on the video board after Mullen had just lost to Ole Miss.

I haven’t polled a large number of people, but the reaction I’ve heard from a few Ole Miss fans has been against playing the comments on the board.

(What did you think of your first Egg Bowl experience?)

“I loved it. I loved the pre-game setting, the fans interacting, the respect I saw being displayed from both sets of fans. I thought our atmosphere was electric. I think that’s what you want in a rivalry game. You want it to be on a big-time stage, and we talk about that all the time. We want those types of atmospheres at Ole Miss to be the norm and not the exception. To me, it was a great launching point for this program and to beat them the way we did in a rival game it makes a statement for our program moving ahead, lots of momentum.”

(Have you gotten feedback on the decision to play Dan Mullen’s comments on the video board?)

“I haven’t, other than our fans were appreciative of us showing that as a way to really just stand up for our program based on what’s happened the last couple of years and the nature of our program. I think our fans were appreciative that we took a stand and had confidence that we would win the game. I think people have to be held accountable for their statements. I think our fans appreciated that.”

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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  • D. Wood, Nashville

    Not sure who you are talking with regards the Mullen video, but everyone I have come in contact with loved it. Plus I am thrilled with the job Ross Bjork is doing. The game day atmosphere within the stadium was way above prior years. I now try to get there early.

  • That video is not something that is the norm, so I’m sure PA felt the journalistic obligation to get a comment on that issue. As I’ve stated before, I thought it was Mickey Mouse….but I know there was alot of pent-up frustration surrounding the program in regards to Dan Mullen, Miss. St., and the SHOULDA, COULDA, WOULDA, Ole Miss syndrome. I didn’t appreciate the team waving goodbye to the Miss. State fans after the 41st point was put on the board. That is for us jerks in the stands to do, not the players. But then again, it’s an emotional game with 18-22 year olds that don’t have the maturity level to see the complete big picture of their actions at all times. I’m sure it was more a relief than anything. It’s behind us now, let’s move on and build off the positive energy that now surrounds the program. It wasn’t near as positive on November 11th after the 27-26 Vandy loss. My what a difference 2 solid performances can influence a fanbase, and rightfully so. Hotty Toddy!

  • mikel

    I loved the Mullen comment being posted in public as a post-game reminder. Maybe it should be on a billboard in Starkville. It was kind of classless for a head coach to make a statement like that in public consumption like Mullen did. Mullen has done several tasteless things in relation to the rivalry that made the Sherill-Brewer war of words rise to the level of high-toned in contrast. If Mullen had backed up his statement with a win, there scoreboard antic wouldn’t have even been in question. To me the big thing of the game was keeping the cowbells out of the stadium. Those cowbells have kept me from being a MSU fan.

  • jeremy

    Liked the comments put on the board. Every single Ole Miss fan I have talked to loved it. It was funny… Get over yourself if you think otherwise…

  • Mantachie

    it was one game and it was one that was needed after NUtt never understanding the rivalry and BOONes action that said who cares about the fan. I think both the AD and Coach get it. It is a recruiting war with us way behind because of Mullen and all he says, however Coach seems to understand that you can better your rival by showing class, One game for video and one game for players but now go back to the way coach does it with class

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