Dan Mullen: I'm more worried about winning than the number of games
Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday May 23, 2013
Posted by: Chris Vannini on May 23, 2013
The big story in the SEC right now is the possibility of moving to nine conference games.
Nick Saban is for it, Les Miles and James Franklin are against it. Dan Mullen, however, doesn't have much of an opinion.
Mullen joined The Tim Brando Show and was asked about the topic. Mullen isn't too focused on it.
"I don't give a whole lot of thought to it, because, to me, when you're in the SEC West, you're just trying to find a way to win games week in and week out, not dream about what might happen in the future," Mullen said. "If you look at the what the league's been able to do over the last seven years, the leadership and way its put all the schools in a position to be successful and to win championships and dominate the college football landscape. The leadership in the league is going to keep us in that right direction and make sure we continue down that correct path."
Mullen also talked about the new additions to his coaching staff - wide receivers coach Billy Gonzales, defensive line coach David Turner and cornerbacks coach Deshea Townsend - and what they bring.
"I worked with Billy at several stops, Bowling Green. Utah, Florida. I think Billy is the premier wide receivers coach in the nation," Mullen said. "You look at all the players he's developed, not just have unbelievable college careers, but guys that have gone on to have successful NFL careers and all the draft picks he's had. Having that quality of a coach and a guy I've worked with that knows what the expectations within the program are going to be is fantastic.
"On the defensive side, we added David Turner on the defensive line, who had been with me early when we got here. He comes backs, knows what we expect out of the program. A veteran coach who gets his guys to play hard.
"Then we added Deshea Townsend to coach our corners after a long NFL career. He brings an energy and an excitement to that group. Anybody who's played 12 years in the NFL, guys are going to listen to what he has to say, because that's what they want to do."
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