It's also 'game time' for Megan Mullen
Jim Lytle/Mediagraphix/For The Daily News
Megan Mullen, wife of MSU football coach Dan Mullen, speaks to the Kiwanis Club Tuesday.
It's not only up to the coaches and players at this time of the year to get geared up for the football season.
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Coaches' wives also have a responsibility to get prepared for what's to come.
"It's game time," said Megan Mullen, the wife of Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen, at the Kiwanis Club meeting on Tuesday.
Megan began to feel the craziness which is "the preseason" in college football a couple of weeks ago.
"You can absolutely tell it's time," Megan said. "Not only are you dealing with all of your family and them wanting to come to games, but you are getting the wives on board because we've got three wives moving here this year. (Tuesday) night is the wives appreciation dinner and it's basically the last supper with your husbands before it starts. I've been planning this wives appreciation dinner."
Not only that, but Megan has been spending time this preseason on various speaking engagements, like the one for the Kiwanis, planning tailgates with the coaches wives and working on coaches' family nights on Thursday.
Megan said between their 1-year-old son Cannon, the dog Heisman, and the responsibility of being the wife of a head coach, "it's a full-time job."
Dan Mullen probably appreciates his mother-in-law more than most because he's able to coach the Bulldogs through two-a-days, while leaving Megan in the care of her mother for two weeks.
"It's a goofy thing that Dan started four years ago with me," Megan said. "He doesn't have to worry about me and flies my mom down. My mom is in charge of me for the two weeks. He doesn't have to worry about me because he knows I'm being taken care of."
During her visit with the Kiwanis, Megan shared stories about how she met Dan, about her work on the Golf Channel which was instrumental in being able to discover Starkville and the Golden Triangle, and about the importance of being involved with the football program at Mississippi State.
Megan understands the relationship between coaches and athletes and the media because of her work as a golf reporter.
She tries to bridge the gap between players and media at times and stresses the importance to the Bulldogs of getting their stories out.
"I usually attend (Southeastern Conference) Media Days, but actually I skipped it this year because of some other football related event and had to speak somewhere, but I do talk to the players about that because it's important," Megan said. "Anything that comes out of a media interview can be positive and they need to promote the team and themselves.
"Everyone has got stories to tell, and instead of yes or no answers, I would love for them to be able to tell you a little bit because they are special. I like it when they can get their personalities to come out. They deserve credit for everything they've gotten."