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From Mississippi State Athletics
Nearly 23 years to the day he graduated, Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen gave the commencement address at his alma mater of Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pa., encouraging over 364 graduates on a path to success.
“Ursinus helped me build a foundation for success in my life,” he said. “Not in any individual class, but in teaching me how to set and achieve goals, how to think and learn to process information, and to make decisions, helping me grow mentally, physically, socially and spiritually.”
In addition, Mullen received an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters. A 1994 Ursinus graduate, Mullen was a two-year letterwinner for the Bears, earning All-Centennial Conference honors as a tight end.
Currently, Mullen is the second-longest tenured football coach in the Southeastern Conference having turned the Bulldogs into a national contender in his now ninth season. He’s guided MSU to a school-record seven straight bowl games and the second-most bowl victories in the SEC this decade (five).
The 45-year old owns the highest winning percentage at MSU since College Football Hall of Famer Allyn McKeen from 1939-49 (.764, minimum three years). With a 61-42 (.692) mark, Mullen stands just four wins shy of tying McKeen for second in Bulldog victories and 12 away from tying Jackie Sherrill’s mark.