Most fans don’t want to acknowledge it, but it’s often very difficult for coaches like Dan Mullen to leave their school and take another job elsewhere.
The places these guys coach also become their homes, and it can be difficult to uproot their families from a stable situation, even when it’s for a substantial raise and better opportunity.
That certainly appears to be the case for Mullen himself, and he took out a full-page ad in the Clarion-Ledger thanking Mississippi State and its fans for the support he received while in Starkville.
The full text of Mullen’s statement reads:
To Bulldogs Everywhere and All Mississippians,
For the last nine years, Megan and I have committed ourselves, and given everything we have, to the Mississippi State Football program. I feel confident we are leaving the program in a much better position than when we took over, and with a bright future.
We want to thank all the Bulldog fans everywhere for their support and belief in us, and helping us build the program to where it is today.
Thank you to the MSU administration and athletic administration for their unbelievable support in building the program into national
We love every single one of the players that has been here and committed themselves to the program, and committed themselves to giving you a football team that you can be proud of both on and off the field.
For all the people that were so good to Canon and Breelyn, our Mississippi-born-and-raised children, your kindness could not have meant more.
We also thank many of you for so generously supporting our Mullen Family 36 Foundation, and helping each child in Mississippi have a better life and brighter future.
It has been an honor to call Mississippi home and be your Head Coach. We will always love Mississippi State University, our players, the fans, Starkvegas and the great people of Mississippi.
Thank you for an extraordinary nine years, filled with awesome memories.
Our Best Always,