January 3rd, 2012 01:17 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Mississippi State
Tags: Dizzy Dean, Egg Bowl, MSU, Wake Forest
Talk about positive spin. Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen said the following after his team won the Music City Bowl to insure a winning record:
“You know what? To me, it’s a great season.”
That’s a rather liberal use of the word “great” isn’t it? We are talking about a veteran team that entered 2011 with big expectations following a 9-4 season in 2010. But the Bulldogs failed once again to knock off a single SEC West foe that doesn’t have the word “Ole” in its title. State had to win its last regular-season game just to become bowl eligible and then had to snuff out Wake Forest 23-17 in Nashville to finish 7-6.
Here’s guessing most MSU fans don’t view that as a great season. But it was another step forward in Mullen’s overall rebuilding job. And that much is positive.
The Bulldogs slid backwards from year-to-year, yes, but they didn’t slide as far back as State has slud — thank ya, Dizzy Dean — in past years. They reached a second-straight bowl game for the first time since 1999-2000. They continued their recent mastery over rival Ole Miss, winning a third-straight Egg Bowl for the first time since 1942.
Those are signs of growth. They’re reasons for Mullen and MSU fans to remain upbeat moving forward.
But great? That’s a bit of a stretch.
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