HOOVER, Ala. (AP) - Dan Mullen showed his youth and tech savvy
with a quick tweet before addressing a few hundred Southeastern
Conference reporters at media days.
The first-year Mississippi State coach joked about tweeting "I
am on stage," while punching buttons on his cell phone.
The 37-year-old Mullen breezed through a 14-minute opening
statement Wednesday on his goals for the team, his personnel and
his multiple spread offense.
Mullen won't be coaching Tim Tebow like he did as Florida's
offensive coordinator, but he praised the leadership of returning
quarterback Tyson Lee.
Mississippi's Mr. Football Tyler Russell also joins Lee and
sophomore Chris Relf in what Mullen says will be "pretty stiff"
competition for the starting job.
Arkansas' Bobby Petrino is hoping to
approach the recent success of second-year coaches in the
Petrino said Wednesday at league media days his team should be
much better, deeper and more experienced after winning just two SEC
games last season. At Florida, Urban Meyer won a national
championship in his second year. Alabama's Nick Saban won 12 games
in Year 2 last season.
Petrino said he feels by the second year players know better
what the coaching staff expects and can react quicker on the field.
The Razorbacks also have 6-foot-7 quarterback Ryan Mallett, who sat
out last year after transferring from Michigan.
Petrino said Mallett is more mobile after trimming down more
than 25 pounds from the 265 he weighed upon arriving.