BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen, men's basketball coach Ben Howland and women's basketball coach Vic Schaefer were the featured speakers Tuesday night.
Mullen says playing in the Southeastern Conference is not an easy task. His Bulldogs will open the 2016 season with a new quarterback after Dak Prescott ended his MSU career and is getting ready to be selected in the NFL Draft this week.
Mullen said, "There's no time to rebuilt. You've got to reload. You've got to be ready to play very week and you're playing against the best teams in American every single weekend." He added, "Our young guys have got to grow up fast. Those young players are talented and they've just got to perform on Saturday's for us."
He said four quarterbacks are vying for the top job, but says the real challenge for those guys is to get ready now and once training camp begins, they will be ready to compete for the job.
The Bulldogs kickoff the 2016 football season September 3rd hosting South Alabama in Starkville.
Men's basketball coach Ben Howland says Malik Newman, who has applied for the NBA Draft can still return to Starkville if his draft status doesn't look good. Newman was being evaluated by the NBA and as long as he doesn't sign with an agent he could jump back into the college ranks.
Howland also said he knows how to develop young players and make them better. His record of producing NBA players is a recruiting advantage he has.
Women's basketball coach Vic Schaefer says he promised to build Mississippi State into a SEC contender and a national contender. He admitted he has a little ways to go when it comes to the national title chase after MSU got blasted by eventually National Champion Connecticut. He added his program is moving forward and he says they will get there. He also likes the potential of guard Jazzmun Holmes, who played at Harrison Central High School and 6-foot-3 Ameshya Williams who recently signed a scholarship with MSU after a brilliant high school career at West Harrison.