Spring football is over at Mississippi State, so the next time Dan Mullen and his coaching staff can be hands on with the players is August 4th.
For now, Mullen will hand over the players to his most trusted staff member, head strength coach Matt Balis.
Mullen told Brad Locke of the Tupelo Daily Journal, "I tell people, the hierarchy on the football staff is I'm one, he's two. That, to me, is the hierarchy of this program, of how decisions are made, who people report to, how the program's run. You have to have somebody in that position that you trust."
"I trust Matt Balis with anything that I possess or own."
Admittedly, Mullen is a “control freak,” but going into his third year as head coach, Mullen says he’s changed a little bit.
"I'm probably more relaxed now than when I first came in. I maybe delegate some responsibilities a little bit better. I'm still kind of a control freak – I just like things done, and I like them done the right way. But I'm also much more relaxed in letting our coaches go coach, and I want to evaluate the effort that players give."
Coming off a 9-4 season, Mullen says the voluntary workouts are going to be critical.
"If we take some good strides forward between now and then, I think we'll have a great year," said Mullen. "If guys kind of go through the motions and they're not pushing themselves to the next level on their own, it'll be a long season for us."
The Bulldogs open at Memphis, at Auburn, then host LSU on Thursday night primetime.
Today, Dan Mullen and athletic director Scott Stricklin talked about the future of Mississippi State football.