Dan Mullen wants 30,000 fans at spring game, frustrated with MSU’s sloppiness

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Dan Mullen put out a challenge to Bulldogs fans: we want a minimum of 30,000 at the April 12 spring game. He basically says there’s no excuse for fans to miss it. They get to see a spring game and see the newly renovated stadium. Last year, an estimated 21,000 fans attended MSU’s spring game; he wants 9,000 more.

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“I want to see 30,000 people there. You can print that,” Mullen told the Clarion Ledger. “We’ve got a new stadium, right? (Fans) should be coming in to see it.”

Sloppy

State is nine practices into spring ball, and Dan Mullen is frustrated about the team’s sloppiness heading into the second scrimmage.

“I was disappointed. It was a sloppy practice. At this point, installation is pretty much over,” Mullen told the Clarion Ledger. “There’s a lot of guys to me, especially young guys, have to understand how serious it is if they want to get on the field and go play.”

State has one of the SEC’s most veteran units returning, and it’s easy to see why he’s frustrated. If it were a young team, perhaps his mood would be different. The team dropped too many passes and made some silly mistakes on both sides of the ball that drew the ire of Mullen.

“Don’t make the same mistake two or three times over,” Mullen said. “There’s three types of learning: Knowing what to do, why we do it and how we do it. You can control the what. That’s just you sitting there and studying and knowing what to do.”

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  • As a Missouri follower with brief windows into the MS State season, two things struck me about Mullen’s program. 1. The friendly nature of the program to young men that age. 2. The way the program built momentum late in the year. I’m going to guess without looking at the stats that this is a normal Mullen curve at MS-State in a lot of years. Am I right? Whatever, praise to MS-State for a strong finish in 2013/4