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Mississippi State's Dan Mullen the Seventh Best Coach in the SEC?

For a coach who took a program headed the wrong way to the No. 1 ranking in the span of six seasons, ranking Dan Mullen at the bottom of the top half of the SEC coaches seems harsh.

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For a coach who took over a program in the dumps and in his sixth season at the helm took the program to the No. 1 ranking in the nation, showing up in a list as the seventh best coach in the Southeastern Conference seems a bit harsh, but according to a list from Jason Hall of Fox Sports Florida, that is the reality for Dan Mullen.

While Mullen may not be in the same category as coaches such as Les Miles and Nick Saban, it is a bit difficult to say any other coach just stands heads and shoulders above Mullen in the conference.
What about Steve Spurrier? Most of his success came about 20 years ago. If one compared recent history, he would only be slightly ahead of Mullen.

A case might could be made for Gary Pinkel or Mark Richt, but in the case of the Georgia head man, it might not quite stand up if comparing time since Mullen has been in Starkville.

Does Dan Mullen have things to work on in order to improve? Absolutely, he does. Is he barely in the top of half of the SEC's football coaches? This writer does not think so.