Keeping up with the Sabans

Add Dan Mullen to the list of coaches who have discovered the joys of creative roster management.


Filed under Recruiting, SEC Football

16 responses to “Keeping up with the Sabans

  1. TuckerDawg

    Shows a real lack of game control on Mullen’s part, if you ask me.


  2. Without knowing more it doesn’t look good on Mullen’s part but it’s even more classless for a high school head coach to take to twitter about it. “Coach”…really? I hope he at least had the class to address the man in person before doing this. Not like they don’t have direct contact.


    • Gravidy

      I have no idea what happened, of course. But if Mullen really did promise the kid a scholarship and yank it at the last minute, I don’t have a problem with what the high school coach did. Sunshine is the best disinfectant, as they say.

      Having said that, it occurs to me that he may have poisoned the well at MSU for any of his future players. That is probably why we don’t see this sort of thing happen more often.


    • Hackerdog

      I think coaches do it as much as they do because they don’t pay a price for it. If Mullen really did surprise this kid by pulling his offer, then he should accept the public fallout.


    • Parent

      I have a unique perspective here; I firmly believe the coach had every right to be upset, but any recruit that doesn’t ask the school for a financial aid agreement on August 1st(it should be immediately offered by the school, ours was) the first day available, has not been given good advice. Make no mistake, this is a business and nothing else for coaches. My kid has 17 D1 offers, but several are either no longer commitable or never were. Some coaches handled it well, proactively coming to us as soon as the numbers at his position were filled. Others, I have nothing but disdain for. He is currently committed to a good program with a signed financial aid agreement, but having been through what we have, I would not fault him a bit if he switched his commitment late for a dream offer if it arose. The school is only committed with the financial aid agreement or on signing day. It’s just a harsh reality. The kids need to get good advice to treat the process the same way.


  3. Debby Balcer

    Pulling a scholarship 16 days before the kid graduates sucks no matter how you look at it. The kid graduated early in order to get experience and then to ask him to wait. Make Mullin look very bad.


  4. Dean

    This is a thread jack but Senator you must Youtube Charles Barkley singing Glory, Glory on the set of his basketball show. It’s so bad it’s good.


  5. W Cobb Dawg

    If the recruit is as good a young man and player as the coach says, and his stats support that, he won’t be on the market very long. The kid is better off in my opinion. Mullen’s track record with QBs is feast or famine, and they can forget about an nfl career.


  6. Mayor

    Allow me to be the devil’s advocate lest we all speak with the same voice. Before the season started Mullen was recruiting a 3 star QB who apparently wasn’t being recruited heavily by others. Mullen offered him and the kid committed. Now Mullen’s team is having its best season in history and a whole lot of other kids who are 4 stars and maybe a few 5 stars (some QBs and probably some other positions, too) are interested in signing with Mullen’s team. Mullen has a limited number of scholarships available. Mullen didn’t jerk away the scholarship completely as many coaches would do in a similar situation. Rather, Mullen offered the kid a grayshirt. Mullen is trying to get the kid on campus the best way he can under the circumstances. The HS coach needs to STFU before he blows the kid’s grayshirt opportunity and pisses in the drinking water at that HS so badly that the HS doesn’t get any visits in the future from Mullen and/or some other coaches who don’t want to get embarrassed if something goes awry with another recruit from that HS in the future.


  7. Russ

    Mullen lost his second commitment due to this today. A four star defender from Texas rescinded his commitment in part due to Mullen pulling the scholarship offer from the other kid.