While The SDN Bulldog Blog works on a GAMEDAY edition feature on the coaching pressures of the Egg Bowl game, I asked Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen his thoughts on being the first coach at State to possibly win his first two Egg Bowl matchups since 1940 and the man who’s known for digging the Ole Miss fan base simply didn’t disappoint.
“We plan on partying like it’s 1940,” Mullen said with a laugh.
Mullen would be the first Mississippi State coach to accomplish that feat since Allyn McKeen did it in 1939-40. Former Bulldogs head coach Jackie Sherrill joke with The SDN Bulldog Blog over the phone Tuesday when he said “being 2-0 in the Egg Bowl would a big deal for him – that’s for sure. I didn’t do that.”
Along with Mullen, six junior college transfers are trying to end their Mississippi State careers a perfect 2-0 against Ole Miss.
“That’d be awesome. I can’t wait for Saturday. If I can get to go 2-0 against them then they can’t ever say they beat me,” senior inside linebacker Chris White said.
Another acclaimed junior college transfer chimed in on that matter as through his high school career (1-0), juco days at Itawamba Community College (2-0) and last year’s 41-27 victory over Ole Miss in Starkville,
defensive end Pernell McPhee is undefeated in rivalry games.
“To me it’s an honor because in high school – played our rival, whooped them. In Junior college, played the rival two teams (and) I beat them two times and I want to beat Ole Miss one more time. I never lost a rivalry game and I don’t plan on losing one.,” McPhee said. “I’m 1-0 now, going on 2-0.”
McPhee, who got his first sack of the 2010 season by taking down Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett last Saturday, will wear jersey number 36 in honor Nick Bell this weekend. During the end of the conversation with McPhee he kept uttering the phrase “them bears” and it took this reporter a few times to realize he was talking about Ole Miss and the MSU senior co-captain has taken Mullen’s nickname for the Rebels to another level referencing the opponents new chosen mascot.
“(They’re) the Black Bears of TSUN,” McPhee said. “The School Up North Black Bears.”
In injury news, the pair of sophomore receivers Chad Bumphis and Chris Smith had different status’ in practice Tuesday after suffering foot injuries in Saturday’s loss to Arkansas. Mullen said while Bumphis was limited in practice to specific drills and he expected the other pass catcher to do the same, Smith was “full-go” in practice and full contact throughout the session. Mullen said he was confident both players would be active for Saturday night’s contest.
“Chris was good – Chad we didn’t let do much today,” Mullen said. “I thought Chris would be limited but he went full through the whole practice so that was positive.”
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