Dan Mullen has set a pretty high precedent for himself after his first seven seasons as Mississippi State head coach.
That’s why so many fans are disappointed with the Bulldogs’ 2-3 start. Some of those fans even have been criticizing Mullen, who entered this year with six straight winning seasons and four bowl victories since arriving on campus.
Chad Bumphis, who played for the Bulldogs from 2009-12, came to the defense of his former coach this week.
“It pisses me off, honestly,” Bumphis said, according to a story by 247sports on Thursday. “He took a bunch of two or three-star kids in Mississippi to No. 1 in the country two years ago, right? Two years ago. … Now all of a sudden he’s a bad coach because we had a slow start to one year?”
Bumphis, now a wide receivers coach at Iowa Wesleyan, continued to back Mullen in the story, crediting him for raising the standards of the football program at Mississippi State and doing so in a way more challenging than at many successful schools.
“He knows how to develop players, and that’s what we need in Starkville because we’ll never be the place that lands five-star players,” Bumphis told 247sports. “You have to have someone who can develop people and make them believe. He’s just gotten stuff out of a lot of people who didn’t believe they had it in them.”