Is there such a thing as reverse concern trolling?

Because if there is, this ESPN piece on Dan Mullen’s future nails it.

As Mullen prepares for his eighth offseason in Starkville, there might be no better time to go than right now.

If there was ever a year to look around at other jobs, this is it. We’re on pace for the largest pool of job openings in recent memory. Miami, USC, Virginia Tech, Missouri, South Carolina, and Maryland are already open. That’s not to mention rumored potential openings at Georgia and West Virginia.

Gee, thanks for your concern over the rumored potential opening in Athens, fellas.  Although I am a little surprised you didn’t ask Greg McGarity for a quote about Mullen.

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38 responses to “Is there such a thing as reverse concern trolling?

  1. Bulldog Joe

    Mullen can’t bring Dak with him, so ‘no’.

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  2. Hogbody Spradlin

    “Rumored potential”? OMG it’s a crisis!

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  3. sUGArdaddy

    If we were to get Mullen, I quit. I hate that offense. It’s ugly even when it’s pretty. And don’t look now, but he’s due another 3-5 losses this year. He ain’t all that great.

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  4. The other Doug

    or Mullen could just shake MSU down for more money and a longer contract.

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  5. jntiii

    Why not add Auburn and LSU to the rumored potentials? Hot seats are everywhere and there are plenty of great coaches to go around.

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  6. @gatriguy

    Not for nothing, but Mullen is a perfect fit for WVU in my opinion.

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  7. watcher16

    All those openings is one of the biggest reasons I believe Richt is around at least another year (barring a meltdown losing to Southern and or GT). Too much competition: ADGM doesn’t have time for that

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    • Dolly Llama

      If he loses to Southern, yes, I believe he’s gone and probably should be. If he loses to Tech … hell, I don’t know. It certainly wouldn’t strengthen his position, but I don’t know that one game will be a job breaker for him at this point.

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      • PTC DAWG

        I firmly believe that Southern beats GT on a neutral field…they had’em beat last year in ATL and got totally jobbed on a late call.

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        • Macallanlover

          True, but both of those teams were much better last year. I don’t think it would be a decisive win for either team this team, but GSU had them on the ropes in the final minute last season in Atlanta. GSU lost some OL players that made them much better in 2014. I see no real excuse why Tech has fallen off so badly with a strong nucleus back, they looked weaker before all the attrition at RB.

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    • No One Knows You're a Dawg

      Unless McGarity really likes Mullen and is worried about losing him to another program or a new contract at MSU. Then he might go ahead and pull the trigger on ending the Richt era.

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      • Otto

        If that were the case I think he would have pulled the trigger last year. McGarity needs approval from Alums and the Pres.

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  8. Bob

    Lets see. If this were two years ago we could have fought to get Malzahn, Muschamp, Mullen, Freeze, Strong….lets see, who have I forgotten? Excuse me, but are any of these a step up? Hell, I am not sure they are even a step sideways. Oh yeah, don’t let me forget Kevin Sumlin or Jim Mora while we are at it. Trading Richt for Mullen would end my Hartman Fund Days quickly.

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    • Skip

      Ditto Bob. We suffer from unreasonable expectations.

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      • dawgman3000

        So to expect our team to look prepared and well coached every game is unrealistic expections?

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        • Otto

          apparently… and Freeze, Mullen, and Malzahn have been terrible hires. It is like they played for a national title, won 2 consecutive over Bama, or had their team ranked #1 in the middle season since who knows when. Muschamp was a poor fit, who hires such a defensive minded coach at a program so known for Offense?

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    • Jeff

      Exactly. In fact, I don’t see how anyone calling for a change could accept a coach who has not previously won an NC. Unless someone has proven it before, I can’t see making a change of this magnitude right now, considering Richt’s past successes. He’s got as good a chance at winning an NC at Georgia as anyone not named Saban or Meyer, imo.

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  9. Dolly Llama

    I wasn’t aware that Holgorsen’s position at WVU was in potential danger. Wonder where he’d land if he left there? Whatever the “big data” numbers would say about him as a prospect elsewhere, having a well-documented reputation as a mean drunk doesn’t look good on anyone’s unwritten resume.

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  10. Go Dawgs!

    Dan Mullen has had other seasons where he’s been in a similar position in terms of vacancies elsewhere and his team in a position where it might face a fall-off the next year and he stayed. It’s possible that he’s a loyal coach and likes Mississippi State.

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    • Go Dawgs!

      I’ve never understood why the media is so eager to agitate to move coaches from their jobs to “better” positions. If you want to report on a coach’s actual desire to move, fine. If you want to speculate and invent news that will only make recruiting for his current job more difficult, my question is simply, why? Other than filling column space while not impacting your laziness, how does that benefit you?

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    • Scorpio Jones, III

      If Mullen “likes” Mississippi State, how could anybody think he would be attracted to Athens?

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      • W Cobb Dawg

        Duh, maybe because its a far better job. It’s Athens, not Starkville. It’s Georgia, not Mississippi. Players like Murray, Gurley, Chubb, Jarvis, come to UGA. Players like Dak go to MSU.

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  11. Bright Idea

    How would everybody who hates Richt for being too nice feel about Mullen’s smugness? He just doesn’t appear to be Mr. Personality and I wonder how that might relate to recruiting. He’s coached well enough at a place of low expectations. After reaching #1 last year most places would be ready to run him off by now for blowing the opportunity.

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  12. AusDawg85

    Texas could send Charlie Strong packing to Miami with a parting gift and that would really start the domino’s falling.

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    • Macallanlover

      II have never understood the love for Mullen, not Kirby for that matter. I feel Strong’s problems are related to the culture/discipline problems he found in Austin, he would not have that same situation in Athens, if we had an opening. I do feel he is a better choice for SC than Miami if he is looking around although he has ties in both states.

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      • Macallanlover

        “nor Kirby”

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      • AusDawg85

        Mack Brown had let the internal locker room environment turn into a carefree atmosphere, I suspect to balance the grind that Boom brought to the program. A bad fit just like Richt and Grantham (and maybe Pruitt?). Strong may be right, but went overboard in the “clean-up the atmosphere” movement and is paying the price. This is a problem in finding a new hire…besides the X’s and O’s. can the new HC fit into the culture and improve it? CMR did in Athens, but those who think Saban could come to Athens and replicate what he did at LSU and Bama don’t understand this. Nicky’s style would not play with B-M, the Board, the community in general. And if that leads to less than a championship, losing to FL, GT or AU then he’d be run out of town too.

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        • Otto

          UGA would never get that far with Saban. The articles that were written in by Forbes or WSJ showed how much control he was granted by Bama.

          Mullen may have a good relationship with McGarity. He has sustained success in Starkville something not many can do.

          David Shaw I think could fit in well at UGA and possibly Dantonio sp?

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          • AusDawg85

            That’s my point…and I believe the Senator’s and others accused of being Richt apologists. There are going to be some great potential hires out there, but UGAAD isn’t going to hire them, not just from “stupidity” but more because the new guy has to fit into the culture…The Georgia Way. Not sure Mullen fits after he interviews with those in charge and I’m not sure Shaw would (just don’t know enough about him). Dantonio likely would as would a lot of assistants out there who, of course, are unproven. So when you match-up the resumes, the current guy who is only 1 – 2 wins per season from a championship still looks like a safer bet than the leap into the unknown. Of course, YMMV which is why the divide between “hater” and “apologist” is not really that wide. Some believe we are close, the other believes the ceiling has been hit. Either way, we have no say. Peace.

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            • Otto

              Shaw is used to working with a stricter atmosphere, and runs an offense that most at UGA would like. From what I can find UGA might be able to offer a salary increase. Mullen is a bit brash for many here, and they don’t like any version of the spread, that could go away with a few wins.

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  13. Bobby Bowden Syndrome

    well, if Mullen can’t come in and win the SECE, then what’s the risk. I say go get him

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