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Tough loss; but Mullen is building the program

By now, you've probably either seen the game or a few clips. LSU's defense was stout and the offense played well in a 19-6 victory in Starkville last night. With the loss, Mississippi State falls to 1-2 (0-2 in the West).

We could talk ball all day long; but in this article we're focusing on how Dan Mullen is building that program.

In December 2008 Mullen was hired to take that program to the next level. At the time, the program was struggling, wallowing even. Perennially finishing 5th or 6th in the West (from 2001 - 2008 they only won more than 4 games one time).

Mullen's job wasn't just to win games and he knew it and has embraced it. He set out to do what some consider impossible, to bring championships to Starkville, MS.

Wednesday night, the University hosted what they called a "Cowbell Yell". Take a look at the video below and see how many people were out there (and this was around 11pm the night before the game). That's a pretty good indication that Mullen's got the program headed in the right direction.

If you watch the entire thing (or simply jump to the 1:40 mark), you'll hear Mullen get the crowd going when he says, "All of us together can win that championship...and that is the vision as you look around this stadium tonight, you look at the atmosphere we've created, the belief in everyone of our student bodies that we're not arrogant, maybe we're just better than you!"

In his post game presser, Mullen starts off acknowledging that they, "got our butts kicked tonight". But throughout the presser you hear him focusing on the long term development of the program...and he's right. They are on the right path. We've never seen this much excitement surrounding the Mississippi State football program.