“On a weekly basis in this conference, close’ll get you beat.”

After reading Bill Connelly’s piece on Joe Moorhead’s offensive philosophy, I can’t help but wonder if the public perception of Dan Mullen might change if Mississippi State’s offense improves this season.

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9 responses to ““On a weekly basis in this conference, close’ll get you beat.”

  1. Cojones

    I still don’t get it with Mullen’s record as a head coach. In 9 years he has a 69-46 record, 3 wins for every 2 lost. If you break down the numbers with simple math and analysis, exactly what do you think comprises the loss column? That works out to be 5 losses/year and I’m too lazy to look up their bowl records, so let’s just say they lost them all and that would leave 4 losses/yr. How many of those would be cupcakes? Yeah. At 4-plus losses in the SEC/yr that makes him 50% (or less) successful as a HC in the SEC for 9 yrs. That makes all the hoopla revolve around his wins over ‘Bama in 9 yrs.

    With all the excitement about a new MSU HC this year predicated on the athletes remaining on their roster, exactly how much of a player difference is Mullen faced with in his position at FU? Exactly what was different in the UGA/MSU game last year that caused Mullen to lose so badly with all those great athletes at his disposal that he now doesn’t have with his FU players? My guess is that Scarlett and Franks are on meth and they are covering it up.

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    • Biggus Rickus

      It’s hard to win at Mississippi State, and the West has generally been loaded during his tenure. He’s actually never beaten Alabama. Last year was the closest he came. What he did do was keep MSU consistently competitive with a couple of nice seasons here and there.

      I’m not sure why you think MSU has more athletes than Florida, as it’s not like he was recruiting up a storm over there. In fact, I don’t think he’s a very good recruiter, and that might kill him at Florida. He’s good at getting his teams to play physical football, and he’s done a good job developing projects at QB. I think he’s a good, not great coach, I expect he’ll have a series of 9-3 type years, and he might win the division one year if it’s down. So basically, they’ll probably fire him in five to seven years.

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      • Cojones

        This morning SEC analysts were big on MSU’s athletes and they think their new coach will do more with them than Mullen has. They also think they may be in better shape to contend with ‘Bama than Auburn and/or LSU. Most of that comes from QB ratings and a couple of SEC All Americans on MSU’s D.

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        • Biggus Rickus

          Obviously, I could be wrong, but I’m not nearly as bullish on Mississippi State as most pundits seem to be.

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    • 1smartdude

      I’ll have to give him some credit, he was at Mississippi State during a time when Alabama, LSU and at times Auburn were at their peak. The toughest division in college football during that span, IMO. Not apologizing for some of the non conference games but he did go bowling every year, in that division, with 2 and 3 star recruits. Like him, don’t like him, believe he’s not all that, but that alone is a huge accomplishment for the Mississippi State program. That fan base loved the guy because of it. I have no idea how that translates to the job he needs to do at Florida but I’ll be shocked if he’s not competing for the East within a couple of years or at the very least, be a very dangerous underdog.

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  2. Red Cup

    I have a feeling the MSU bulldogs are going to finish # 2 in the West. This guy can coach. Glad he didn’t go to the Gaturds.

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  3. David Chadwick

    I shudder to think where UGA would be if they hired Mullen. He’s always been a just at the middling line for me. MSU has some decent teams under him, but never, ever really challenged to win the conference under him despite the media attention and the mid-season #1 ranking which was a mirage.

    Glad McEars didn’t get to hire him. Bullet dodged, imho.

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  4. DawgPhan

    Seems like MSU got themselves a very good coach and he has experience as a head coach.

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  5. Miss State is tough to recruit to. Mullen’s record there is quite good.

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