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Mullen denies report of interview with Penn State

Posted on: December 2, 2011 6:11 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi

On Wednesday, Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen denied reports that he was interested in the open Penn State job. That, actually, is putting it mildly; Mullen said the report was "the most irresponsible reporting that I've ever heard of," and blamed the entire situation on Ole Miss -- or "a rival institution," since Mullen never actually mentions Ole Miss by name.

It stands to reason, then, that Mullen would not appreciate the latest report from Phil Grosz of that Mullen will interview at Penn State on Monday. There were no more particulars offered than just that, but that's enough to raise a few eyebrows by itself.

Mullen quickly denied this latest report, telling Brandon Marcello of The Clarion-Ledger "No." when asked point-blank if he would interview with Penn State, then offered an even more thorough denial of any involvement in the Penn State coaching search.

“Amidst all of these reports, neither myself, my agent or the administration at Mississippi State University has been contacted by anybody at Penn State,” Mullen told The Clarion-Ledger. “I’m very happy of the direction the Mississippi State program is going in right now.”

Normally, this would be where one would point out that Mullen and his agent could just be in contact with a third-party search firm and that such firms are not uncommon with coaching searches at major universities. And yet, according to, acting athletic director David Joyner said he won't retain a consultant for this search.

Joyner will likely be receiving information on the hire from Penn State's boosters, so that's another third party that could have some sort of contact with Mullen and his agent (though how much, if any, is obviously unknown and subject to change on a daily basis). Past that, however, it's very difficult to take both the BWI report and Mullen's denial and conclude anything other than "somebody somewhere is lying."

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Since: May 23, 2008
Posted on: December 3, 2011 3:48 pm

Mullen denies report of interview with Penn State

Dan take my advise, pass on any offer from PSU. 

Since: Aug 24, 2007
Posted on: December 3, 2011 3:08 pm

Mullen denies report of interview with Penn State

I am sure the money would not be as good. The big 10 is well known for being cheap! Only Ohio State pay's their coach well. Besides, who want's to step down from the SEC unless your fired and have to. Urban new what was coming and got out while the getting was good. I'm sure Mullen would be one of the 2 best coaches in the big 10 with Meyer.

Since: Jan 3, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 11:35 pm

Mullen denies report of interview with Penn State

Coach Mullen is the kind of guy we'd love to have at PSU. Mississippi State is a proud and growing program that would obviously be dificult to leave. If he passes on the Lions, PSU fans would wish nothing but the best for Coach Mullen.

Since: Jul 12, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2011 7:23 pm

Say what?

Come again?  Have you been to MSU?  Do you know what's available resource-wise?  Or are you just forming an opinion based on 4th hand information? Sure, the stadium holds only 58,000 folks...but it's sold out for every single home game, and has sold out now for 16 straight games. MSU fans are as passionate a fan as they come. That's why they are in the midst of expanding to nearly 66,000.  Best bang for the buck...Mullen gets paid 2.5 mill per year, that's #18 out of all active coaches.  A 6-6 season goes a long ways at MSU, and considering that MSU is only a touchdown or two away from beating the eventual national champs, I'd take a gamble at MSU verses leaving for a huuuuuge unknown.  Ground has broke for the new football workout facility.  The school own's practically every record in college baseball attendence, the basketball team is usually in post season play every year (right now #21 in the country), with a brand new practice facility.  The Tennis team ranked nationally, won the SEC tourney this past season. There is a lot to be proud of at MSU.  Any coach who would leave for a program that's in the midst of a firestorm would be nuts!  The football team, which showed signs of stardom in the 90s through 2000 just needed a kickstart.  In fact, MSU won the SEC west in 1998.  MSU is on the verge of a huge recruiting class, ranked #24 right now. So dish it out on MSU as you see fit...but the above are the facts.  Any coach who wouldn't want to be a part of such a great university is crazy!  MSU is a wonderful place to be, and Starkville is a great place to raise a family!

Since: Feb 2, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 7:23 pm

Mullen denies report of interview with Penn State

While the resources may be good the situation as a whole is a disaster. Mullen is very good and should wait for a job that isn't radioactive.

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2011 7:20 pm

Mullen denies report of interview with Penn State

I just can not imagine Dan Mullen would ever leaving the mighty sec to coach in the inferior Big-10. If he was to do so, according to all sec homers, this would be a step down even if there is more money involved. It would be better to coach in the sec earning less money than to coach in another conference.

Of course coaching in the Big-10 would be a challenge for coaches from the sec, they would actually have to play out of conference games out of the teams state and do a bit of travelng on an airoplane, you know those darn machines that actually leave the ground and fly long distances to other states. No more of those bus riders that would be coming to his staduim that would be earning a pay check and no return game would be necessary.

I wonder what his wife would think of that, with less money to shop with by staying in the sec. Also no new house to decorate. Ummmmm I wonder how sleeping on the sofa for a couple of days would be like? Would it hasten him in making up his mind to take the Penn State job?

Well I suppose Coach Dan would have a big decision about coaching Penn State and leaving the great state of MIssissippi, what a decision?


Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 6:41 pm

Mullen denies report of interview with Penn State

Mullen could go from the worst resources in his conference to nearly the best in his new conference.  Sounds like, despite the railroading of Rich Rod, the Big Ten is about to usher in the new millenium and use some spread offenses.  Better late than never, I guess.

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