Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen answered several questions regarding the status of incoming five-star freshman Jeffery Simmons, who was recently allowed to enroll in school following an assault in March.

Simmons, a defensive end from Mississippi, made national headlines when he was filmed hitting a woman during an altercation. Simmons took responsibility and apologized, and Mississippi State eventually handed him a one-game suspension.

Mullen said he didn't have a role in the disciplinary process but was looking forward to having the opportunity to coach and develop Simmons.

"I wasn't involved as much," Mullen told reporters. "It was a university decision, but I was just thrilled that we're having Jeffery as part of our family coming in. As I said, I take a lot of pride as a coach on developing young men to be champions, not just on the field, off the field, and every part of their life to be successful in whatever it is they do, and that's not an easy process."

You can see Mullen's complete opening statements from SEC Media Days in the video below.

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