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For the third straight year, both Mississippi State Head Football Coach Dan Mullen and Ole Miss head man Hugh Freeze took part in the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic C-Spire Pro-Am. Before they hit the links, they spent a little time with News 25 talking greens and the gridiron.
A little bit of yips for a pair of SEC coaches Thursday morning right smack dab in the middle of spring practice. “Oh boy, this time of year, not good. This is kind of the warm up time of year, right now. This is kind of my spring training of golf, I would say,” said Mullen.
“You wish that this was a time where I was playing a lot because you want to play well, but we’re right in the middle of spring ball so you’re not getting a lot of practice with your golf game,” said Freeze.
They still might need some practice after today. The tournament was called off due to inclement weather before either coach could finish his round of 18. “Besides weather, it’s been incredible,” said Freeze.
So now it’s back to Oxford and Starkville, where both schools are gearing up their annual spring games on April 8th. “Great attitude right now, couldn’t be more pleased. They’ve been an incredible testimony of how to put your head down and go to work every day with a great attitude and control what you can control. It’s been fun to be around,” said Freeze.
“For a really young team to get that momentum at the end of the year was great. They’re using it to build to go forward and get us back to the level of expectations that we want at Mississippi State,” said Mullen.
Those expectations have never been higher with Mullen having received a four year contract extension last month. One week prior to that, Freeze and the Rebels got hit hard by the NCAA with charges of failure to monitor and a lack of institutional control. Completely different vibes for both programs this off season and yet both glasses are still half full. “It’s great for me. The university believes in what we’ve done. What we’ve been able to build and it’s great that I’m going to get to be here at Mississippi State for many years to come and continue to build a program that’s hopefully going to yield us a championship for the university and the state of Mississippi,” said Mullen.
“When we get to decide what we are is when they put the ball down and we get to play next fall. They get to control that and it’s been nice to see them understand,” said Freeze.
The Champions Tour takes center stage starting tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Fallen Oak in Biloxi. The second round is set for Saturday and the final round for Sunday.

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