Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen has taken a somewhat unusual path to college football prominence. Most coaches, let alone those in the SEC, don’t hail from Manchester, N.H., after all. Few — any? — attended Ursinus College, a small, private liberal arts college just outside of Philadelphia.
And yet, all of those are part of Mullen’s background. Now a head coach in the deep south, Mullen’s formidable years learning the game came from those two unlikely locations. And now he’s getting the opportunity to return to the site of his football-playing glory days, as Ursinus has asked him to give the commencement address at its upcoming graduation:
— Ursinus College (@UrsinusCollege) April 3, 2017
While at Ursinus, Mullen was an All-Centennial Conference tight end. Immediately after his playing career ended, he got into coaching, starting out as the wide receivers coach at Wagner College.