We here at Maroon and White Nation love to poke fun at TSUN. I mean, it’s all in fun…there’s nothing wrong with some good-natured ribbing. Part of the fun in a rivalry is bragging rights, which MSU has…and we want to take full advantage. But do the Bears understand this? Not likely, because nothing is off limits.
Apparently, before National Signing Day Hugh Freeze used the recruiting tactic of calling Dan Mullen an atheist to at least two prospects. This information comes from MSU football radio broadcaster Matt Wyatt on his ‘Head to Head’ radio show. Wyatt is a well-respected person with a credible history.
This might explain some of Dan Mullen’s comments on signing day that seemed to come out of nowhere: “a lot of people go to church on Sundays and tell you one thing but walk out the door and live their life very differently. We don’t do that here as Mississippi State. We live our lives the way we preach within our program.” Mullen was using an analogy between a football program where they don’t practice what they preach and a church-goer who does the same. And, of course, Ole Miss fans made a point to take that out of context (WARNING: Explicit Content).
This wouldn’t be the first time TSUN fans have brought religion into the discussion. They have long said Mullen was a Scientologist. When Freeze was hired they bragged about how he quoted Bible verses during his pep talks, but I guess he skipped over Leviticus 19:16.
This has gotten ugly, and there’s no need for it. Call Mississippi State rednecks or claim you are the more prominent school (which we know isn’t true) all you want, but to erroneously claim our head football coach isn’t a Christian? It seems as though Ole Miss will stop at nothing to degrade Mississippi State. It’s a shame for all the quality Ole Miss people who don’t want to have anything to do with this type of behavior. Hopefully we can restore some dignity to the rivalry and stop this before it gets worse. I have a feeling Thursday night at the Hump is going to be intense!