Mullen/Petrino Toot Teams Horns at S.E.C. Media Days in Birmingham

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

Southeastern Conference.

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.

(Associated Press)