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Report: Mullen is Option 1A for Miami

Posted on: November 30, 2010 1:34 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

So yesterday I told you about Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen saying that he hasn't been contacted by any schools about any head coaching jobs. He also went on to say that he is happy at Mississippi State.  Well, I also said that just because Mullen hasn't been contacted yet, that doesn't mean he won't be contacted in the near future, and that he'd be dumb not to consider any offers.

Well, bad news, Mississippi State fans.  Those sleepless nights are upon you, as according to a report on, Mullen is option 1A in the Miami coaching search.

Sources have told CaneSport that they think that is Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt's ultimate vision if he can land Mullen or Gruden when they have conversations Tuesday and/or Wednesday and one of those two guys is hired as Miami's head coach.

Gruden has publicly denied interest in the job and there are questions whether Miami will have the budget to pacify a coach of Gruden's stature. At the same time, others are saying that budget issues have already been worked out and that Gruden is on the brink of being introduced as the new leader of Miami football. The Gruden speculation has created one of the craziest 48 hours in UM coaching search history. 

So right now, we are going to call Mullen and Gruden 1A and 1B and predict one of the two will land the job.

Seriously, Miami!  Let the dream of Gruden go!  Why would a coach that could get something like $5 million annually in a return to the NFL as a head coach accept $3 million to coach at Miami?  Not only would he make more money in the NFL, but he wouldn't have to recruit and he wouldn't have to deal with 18-year old kids.

Focus on Mullen.  He's just as good of an option as Gruden, if not better.  After all, we already know that Dan Mullen can do a good job on the college level, look at what he's done in the toughest conference in the country, in the toughest division.  Gruden has never been the head coach of a major college football program.

Since: Nov 30, 2010
Posted on: December 5, 2010 8:30 pm

Report: Mullen is Option 1A for Miami

F all you non-MSU believers... here you go! the next post i put on here is WHEN AU gets the death penalty.



Since: Nov 9, 2010
Posted on: December 1, 2010 10:51 am

Report: Mullen is Option 1A for Miami

A couple more facts to add to your list:
1) Cecil Jr., Cam's older brother, made the Jacksonville Jags roster in September, which was the same time that Cecil let the Newnan Commissioners know that he had the money to do the work on the church.
2) While the church is no longer condemned, it also doesn't meet all the local codes, and is still not currently being used.

I too don't understand why MSU fans don't see that to this point the only facts that ARE known implicate shadey "representatives" for MSU.  I also enjoy their misplaced hope for Auburn to get all these violations and probation, etc.  Some even calling for the death penalty.  Please....  I would remind MSU fans that they did have a coach by the name of Jackie Sheryl that, how shall I put it, was less than a stand up guy when it came to recruiting. 

Since: Sep 7, 2007
Posted on: December 1, 2010 8:37 am

Report: Mullen is Option 1A for Miami

Hey MSUdawg...

First the facts!!!  THERE ARE NO FACTS!!!  There is simply a bunch of reports of heresay.  That's all there is at this point!!!

Until an investigation by an authortative organization is performed and completed and the findings are released, then and only then are there facts.  And with that, probably not ALL of the FACTS.

If half of what has been reported turns out to be factual, then MSU was in violation of NCAA rules with regard to reporting potential recruiting violations.  How that doesn't have the MSU faithful concerned is beyond me.

I have yet to hear of reports that anyone connectted to Auburn has offered or paid the Newton's anything.  Yes, if Cecil sold his kid out and did so in such a careless manner as is being talked about, but certainly not proven as of yet, then shame on him for violating NCAA rules.  I don't believe that Cecil's "reproted" actions are enough to implicate Auburn of any violations at this time.  All the talk is about MSU and Cam's recruitment there, not Auburn.  Just because Cam ended up at Auburn doesn't mean an Auburn booster paid for Cam to play at Auburn.  No, I'm not naive either.  I'm just reasonable and objective.

Here is my take on what ultimately might have went down with this situation.  Someone made sizeable "charitable" contributions to a qualified 501c3 "charitable" organization that allowed the Newton's to achieve what they needed and that was to renovate their church building so that it wasn't condemned by the local municipality.  In subsequent years, a promise has been made to continue to make said "charitable" contributions.  This would seem to allow all parties involved, whomever they may be, to skirt around and tax laws and NCAA rules?

I have NO facts, I'm just hypothesizing on what I think might have happened.  More importantly though, NOONE HAS ANY FACTS AT THIS POINT IN TIME!!!  There is only a bunch or he said, she said out there so let's see what all the investigations yield to be factual.

Since: Nov 10, 2010
Posted on: December 1, 2010 8:08 am

Report: Mullen is Option 1A for Miami

stop exhausting your pea brains. the feds were on this before john bond was asked to RE-HASH this.
this pay for play at au was never cleaned up. bowden left because of it.
auburn was the only one willing to pay. maybe auburn wont go down prior to the bowl season. but, everyone
knows they are going down. it will only be for a few years.
serious violation #8 will only get you 5 years or so of probation. maybe you could introduce some academics
during the downtime. msu was only one of many sources reporting this scandal.

Since: Nov 9, 2010
Posted on: December 1, 2010 7:23 am

Report: Mullen is Option 1A for Miami

You'd obviously be surprised to know that no, not a lot of nervous folks on the plains.  Maybe both MSU and Auburn faithful have lulled themselves into a state of comfort, but I don't know how else to state the definition of a  "university representative" and get you to understand that it's a violation for any of the three that claim to have "worked" with Cecil to do so.  Besides you've now got to deal with whatever new version Rogers comes out with now that he's being investigated by the Sec of State in Miss in the event he violated the agent laws there.  As bias as the media is in AL towards the tide, the talk of the racetrack owner being connected was squashed within 48 hours.  This is a mess no doubt, but short of a Cecil confession it seems like everything circles back to one Mr. Rogers who can't decide which story to go with.  One more thought to leave you did Rogers know to call Bell, and why did they have mulitple conversations on the issue?

Since: Oct 10, 2007
Posted on: December 1, 2010 7:18 am

Report: Mullen is Option 1A for Miami

I would still like to see Mark Richt as a candidate.  he has major college experience and has Miami roots.  He is also a quality guy.

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: December 1, 2010 4:03 am

Report: Mullen is Option 1A for Miami

Who cares about Scientology?  The world headquarters for that group is in downeown Clearwater, FLorida, which is in the Tampa-St/Petersburg metro area, on Florifa's Gulf Coast.  I Jnow because I was there to watch the Scientologists take the area over. literally buying up as much real estate as possible.  Gruden's or Mullen's non=membership in that curch. if really relevant, would at least be more so if the job beibg discusssed here was that of the coaching job at South Florida. 

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2010 2:37 am

Report: Mullen is Option 1A for Miami

Mullen isn't that great of a an option. Remember Jeff Tedford. He was once a bright shining star who coached for Oregon State and was hired by Cal because the guy knew how to develop QBs. Trent Dilfer, Akili Smith, David Carr, Joey Harrington, and Aaron Rodgers were great in college, but not so great in the NFL. Thus far only Dilfer has played in a Super Bowl. Jeff Tedford should be fired by Cal much like it did when it fired Ben Braun. Braun was a coach from Eastern Michigan and he did improve the Bears in his first few years as their coach, but then he hit a brick wall...very much like what is happening to Tedford. Cal has easier entrance requirements and yet it has been beaten handedly by Jim Harbaugh's Stanford teams since he started coaching the Cardinal.

Since: Nov 30, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2010 11:54 pm

Report: Mullen is Option 1A for Miami

You Auburn folks crack me up.  I get a kick reading your takes on the Newton situation.   Newton solicited MSU and their boosters who turned them in to the NCAA.  Cecil is toast.  MSU has no issues whatsoever.  What we are yet to discover is what role if any Auburn or its boosters had.  All I know is the FBI doesnt get involved in college recruiting.  Gotta be something to the racino/bank wiretaps.  I would imagine there are some nervous folks on the plains.

Since: Nov 15, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2010 11:31 pm

Report: Mullen is Option 1A for Miami

This is perfect! Mullen's going to pull a Pete Carroll & jump ship just before the NCAA drops the hammer on Miss State for severe and admitted recruiting violations!  Classy.

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