September 13, 2009

Mullen: 'I despise losing'

It is only a natural reaction that surrendering nearly 600 yards of offense and 49 points in their Southeastern Conference opener that Mississippi State was disappointed after their loss to Auburn Saturday night.

Head coach Dan Mullen did not let the team dwell on the defeat very long as he sent his players back onto the practice fields Sunday afternoon in preparation for another road test at Vanderbilt.

"Our players were really disappointed," Mullen said. "They had put a lot of work in getting ready for this season and put a lot of work in for that game. Obviously they are extremely disappointed. I'll say this though, the way we left things - they are going to be excited about getting back on the field and clean things up to improve as a team and improve as a program and get ready for next week's game."

The loss didn't sit well with Mullen either. The first-year head coach with a pair of national championship rings is not accustomed to losing especially in a lopsided manner as Saturday night.

"Obviously I despise losing," Mullen said. "It gives you a sick feeling in the bottom of your stomach. That's about how I feel emotionally. As a coach it's really important for us to evaluate where we are, what we are doing and comeback and make sure we are putting our players in great position to do things they do well and make them successful on the field."

Mullen was not satisfied with the adjustments his defensive coaching staff made and challenged them to do a better job throughout the game.

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