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Urban's heir? Here are some dots to connect

Posted on: December 8, 2010 4:44 pm
After a spate of firings around college football, Miami last week was the sexiest program in the country with an opening at head coach. The Canes went for Jon Gruden, got rebuffed, then reportedly set their sights on Mississippi State's Dan Mullen.

That was late last week.

Florida's Urban Meyer started to think about resigning, talking it over with friends and family. One of his closest friends is Dan Mullen. Surely they talked about Meyer's future.

That was late last week.

Miami, which rushed headlong into a courtship with Gruden, hasn't issued a peep about its search since late last week. Not a word. Why? The guess here is this: Miami approached Mullen, who told Miami he's waiting on Florida. Surely he wouldn't put off Miami, still the second-sexiest opening out there, unless he had a pretty good idea of his chances at the Florida job.

That's my theory, and I like it. What I don't like, honestly, is the idea that Dan Mullen is the best possible hire for Florida. Or for Miami. What has he proved at Mississippi State in two years? He has been good, yes. Has he been good enough to deserve one of the plum jobs in all of college football?


I'm friends with one of Mullen's closest business associates. I mean, close . And this guy, this friend of mine, insists Mullen is a rising star. I trust this friend, so I'm not here to discount the possibility that Mullen is ready for a job as great as the one at Florida, or the (lesser) one at Miami.

But with just two years as a head coach, Mullen strikes me as a Plan B hire. If he's the first (and only) guy Florida goes after, that's weak. That's like going from Mike Shanahan and Bob Stoops to ... Ron Zook -- which is what Jeremy Foley did almost a decade ago.

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Since: Sep 26, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2010 3:38 pm

Urban's heir? Here are some dots to connect

dannotdan, you are a complete idiot. From all the BS you wrote, these words are all you deserve as a response.

Since: Dec 9, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2010 9:50 am

Urban's heir? Here are some dots to connect

One thing for sure is that Dan Mullins will be out of Starkville before the final chapter is written in the Cam Newton Story is written. When all is said and done Dan Mullin knew better than any single individual in the world what Cam Newton could do for his Mississippi State program, and what Cam could do for his coaching career. Mullin had direct access to MSU Boosters Rogers, Bell, and Bond and he certainty could have solicited their help to get Cam to Starkville. 
There is a reason that the SEC and the NCAA reinstated Cam Newtons eligibility, it was a legal loophole with the language of their rules and by-laws that were intended to stop Institutions, Booster representing those Institutions, and third parties from offering additional benefits to a student athlete, not to stop parents from peddling their kids. The rules were written that way because it is infinitely more likely that a coach, booster, or third party would offer the additional benefits to the kid rather than the kid or his father unilaterally seeking additional benefits from the school.  
It is no secret that if you are a quarterback with a year or two of eligibility remaining that Mississippi State is not where you would select to launch your bid for the NFL. If Cecil Newton was really shopping his kid as reported he would have been shopping him to programs with pro-style offenses not run first spread offenses like MSU or even Auburn for that matter. Make no mistake when this all comes out it will lead back to the MSU Staff contacting Cecil Newton and Newton's greed go the best of him. 

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2010 7:36 am

Urban's heir? Here are some dots to connect

I find it curious that all these pundits just assume that all these superstar coaches are just going to be tripping over themselves to get this job.

Yes, it's a premier job.  So was Alabama, and they got rebuffed by Rich Rod.
The fact is that Florida's prestige took a big hit this year.  They stunk up the field, there was discord in the lockerroom, fans were calling for Adazio's head, and there were 3 times more arrests than wins.

Jimbo Fisher has a top 5 class at FSU, Spurrier is rolling at SC, and Saban is a machine at Bama.   

I've yet to see anyone mention the reality that UF might not get interest from all these high-end candidates.  Stoops isn't going anyhwere.  Gruden probably isn't either.    Peterson has never shown any  inclination to leave Boise, and Chip Kellpey has little reason to leave Oregon right now.

Certainly Mullen and Strong would likely take the job, but it's time for all the bloggers and writers to show some balanced reporting and talk about the warts on that pretty Gator face.

Since: Dec 17, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2010 4:05 am

Urban's heir? Here are some dots to connect

Mullen has won 8 games in what you media people like to insist is the "best conference in college football." True, he didn't beat any of the top teams in the conference this season, but he also doesn't really have the athletes for that right now. He would have that at Florida, as well as familiarity with the program, with the Florida area. If he were a coach at a program like MS State who didn't have the connections to Florida and hadn't run an offense at Florida that is now clearly suffering without him, then it'd be a different story. I also don't know why he'd come out and tell them he is "waiting on Florida," especially since he claims Meyer's stepping down was a surprise to him.

The bigger surprise, outrage or what have you over a coach that people claim should be on Florida's list should be saying Charlie Strong. He's 6-6 in the worst AQ conference and in his first season there. And if you're going to complain about Mullen not proving anything yet or not deserving yet to be at one of the best college programs as the HC, then why do names like Edsall and Sumlin come up for this job? Again, weaker conferences, have beaten weaker competition...Sumlin has never even won the C-USA, if I remember correctly.

Who do you think "Plan A" should be for Florida?

Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2010 3:05 am

Urban's heir? Here are some dots to connect

Are YOU SERIOUS?  Spurrier won the 1989 ACC Title at Duke.  That is a little bit more than a 5-7 and 8-4 season.  Mullen still hasn't beaten a Top 10 opponent... 0-5 or 0-4 is it?  And, before you downplay that ACC title, Duke has had 1 winning season since and 1 bowl game... 1994!  I think that speaks volumes.

Mullen is 0-2 against Chizik, 0-2 against Miles, 0-2 against Saban. and 0-2 against Petrino.  That is where you star power is at in the SEC, it might change at Florida, but you have to think in your mind... it might not.

Since: Sep 26, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2010 9:43 pm

Urban's heir? Here are some dots to connect

Not much to connect, Mullen is the obvious choice. Plus, he has proved as much as Spurrier proved at Duke. And that turned out alright. 

Since: May 17, 2009
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Since: May 2, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2010 7:43 pm

Urban's heir? Here are some dots to connect

I'll throw another name out....Gary Patterson from TCU. He has coached some solid teams.

I'm not sold on Mullen or Strong. They were both great Coordinators but I'm not sure they are the answer.

Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2010 6:40 pm

Urban's heir? Here are some dots to connect

i wouldnt be surprised at all to see some interest in peterson from boise state.....also ive been saying it all year, it look as though urban was distracted or disinterested.....i wish him well....there are plenty of very good coaches out there...itll be interesting...

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2010 5:48 pm

Urban's heir? Here are some dots to connect

I think most of us already thought of Mullen, even without the dots.  Meyer only had four years as a HC before UF hired him, and they were at much smaller schools playing much weaker competition than what Mullen has faced in his two years at MSU.  Plus, Mullen seems much more grounded than Meyer, who clearly could not handle the pressure of winning in the SEC. 

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