VIDEO: Dan Mullen
Mississippi State returned to the practice fields this afternoon, and we spoke with head coach Dan Mullen afterwards, but nobody else was made available. The Bulldogs got into some scout team work 11 days before the season opener against Jackson State, and of course they were a man down on the coaching staff.
And Mullen talked about Angelo Mirando, the wide receivers coach who resigned Sunday for "unforeseen personal issues." Mullen said he's working on plans to address the vacancy, but for now he's coaching that group.
"It’s always tough duty. You’re working one man down with the staff," Mullen said. "Today’s really the first day we’ve been back on the field, so you see it more when you’re doing football stuff. You’re down a guy."
He said that it's "possible" Mirando could return to MSU, where he's been for three years, the first two as a grad assistant. "Anything's possible in this world," Mullen said.
As for replacing Mirando: "I wanna have a short term plan figured out by the end of the week. The short term plan and the long term plan could be a combo plan. Might have a short term fix that turns into a long term fix or a short term fix that last through the season. We’re gonna figure that out over the next few days."
Other notes and quotes.
• Mullen said kicker Brian Egan is back practicing with the team, as the roster has expanded beyond 105 players. Egan handled most kickoff duties last season, but freshman Devon Bell could end up winning the job.
• After two days off, Mullen saw some rustiness today, especially from younger players. "I’m not disappointed with how the guys tried and all that stuff. It’s kind of the mental focus part that was a little sloppy."
• What did coaches do during the past two days with no practices? "What we did was really get in and watch all the cut-ups of training camp, see what was good and bad for us. … Because even though something might draw up well, personnel-wise we don’t execute it very well. Then we have to tweak and do stuff our guys do well."