Photographed by Matt Garner.

Personal Space

Photographs Matt Garner

Part war room, part sanctuary, the office of Mississippi State University Head Football Coach Dan Mullen is the nerve center of a successful football program. From a projection screen to the “family area” where the coach can relax and visit with players, it’s designed with that in mind. An impressive trophy case and glittering championship rings remind every Bulldog who passes through the doors even for a stint in the “hot seat” what the goals are.

And while there are photos of Mullen’s charming family, visitors will find no rabbits’ feet, no lucky socks, no superstitious good luck talismans. Mullen is quick to dismiss them. The game plan for success, he says, comes down to hard work and planning.

Luck? A good team makes its own.