Athletics director Greg Byrne has plenty of unfinished business before leaving for his new job at Arizona – his official start date is May 3 – and some of that business includes annual reviews of coaches and staff. Today, Byrne sat down with football coach Dan Mullen, and what was supposed to be a 30-minute meeting stretched into 90 minutes.
Byrne said they talked scheduling, facilities, training, academics, discipline, coaching styles, and various other topics.
“Here he is, he’s got a year under his belt as a head football coach, and obviously what takes place as far as these discussions, that’s a private matter, but to his credit, he had some good ideas of things he could do to continue to improve, just like I do,” Byrne said.
“And so we had a real good conversation about that. That’s part of having a healthy relationship between and athletic director and a coach, to where you can have that feedback. And that’s something that we spend time with throughout the year, but today just happened to be his review day.”
Byrne also said that Mullen must play a crucial role in the transition to a new AD, to help carry over the current momentum within the athletic department.
“Got to. And it will,” Byrne said. “I’ve been so impressed at the job that he’s done as a first-year head coach, and the excitement and energy he’s brought to our football program, our athletic department, and our university. And that will continue to grow.”
Mullen led MSU to a 5-7 record and an Egg Bowl win over Ole Miss, and the Bulldogs’ shattered the single-season attendance record at Davis Wade Stadium.
I’ll have more from my conversation with Byrne in the Daily Journal in the coming days.