Hoover, AL -- If you hadn't learned yet, there's a first for everything at SEC Media Days. Today, shoes took center stage as Dan Mullen laced up Kanye West's Yeezy sneakers at the Winfrey Hotel.
"Those are swag," said senior quarterback and Heisman hopeful Dak Prescott of Mullen's shoes. "I'm jealous for one, but he's very in style so, uh, compliments to coach."
Why'd Mullen wear the -- as Cole Cubelic eloquently asked -- Adidas Yeezy Boost 350?
"I try to be swagged up in footwear," said Mullen. "I've got a little sock game going today too. I was talking to the guys at Adidas, like, hey, this is the hottest shoe. I try to have some swag on any time I do that stuff. So I was pretty excited."
Just to give you perspective, the cheapest you can get those for on eBay is $600. So, yeah, he was pretty swagged up.
This is football media days, though, so Mullen then focused towards his team. Coming off a season that catapulted the Misssissippi State Bulldogs into the spotlight like never before, Mullen knows he needs to duplicate that success.
After going 10-3 with three losses in their final four games -- including a loss in the Orange Bowl to Georgia Tech, Prescott chose to return and the Bulldogs look to reload for the season.
""I think, when they look at it, I think about the one -- the big one, the Alabama loss, because I think that really was the one that set it off for us," said Mullen of last year and it's possible fueling of this upcoming season. "So I think it;s really helped our guys in the off-season that they've experienced playing in those type of games, in the big games, and they certainly want to make sure we get back to those games."
Dan Mullen didn't exactly meet the Confederate flag question head-on as Spurrier did. "We're the most diverse school in the SEC."— Chase Goodbread (@ChaseGoodbread) July 14, 2015
With games at Auburn's Jordan-Hare stadium and at Texas A&M's Kyle Field, and with having to play at Arkansas and Missouri, Mullen knows running the gauntlet in the SEC will be a steep challenge.
"When you look at the West, I always feel I can look at every team as I'm scouting, as we're preparing for the season, as I'm evaluating them, and I can make a legitimate argument for all seven teams in the West of how they can win our side of the league," said Mullen.
Mullen mentioned the other conferences, mentioned that they could compete, but added, "You can't play an okay game and find a way to squeak it out at the end. That's not going to happen in the SEC West. That's what makes the challenge in the league so tough."
Heading back to Starkville, with swagger and all, Mullen is hoping his team can once again take college football's national spotlight.