The “Dan Mullen conundrum”

Man, I don’t know what Dan Mullen did to the folks over at The Athletic — does he owe somebody money, or something? — but between the piece I linked to yesterday and Ari Wasserman’s takedown of Florida’s recruiting ($$), lately the Portal Master™’s been taking it on the proverbial chin over there.

You could say that the key for Mullen is to hire a hot-shot recruiter as a lead assistant. He did that, bringing in Tim Brewster as his tight ends coach before the 2020 season. But to be a dog in the recruiting realm, you have to love it. Meyer breathed recruiting. He loved it. He was passionate about it. He looked forward to it. And from afar, it doesn’t seem as though Mullen has that temperament. The head coach has to embody what he wants from his staff.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that.


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31 responses to “The “Dan Mullen conundrum”

  1. argondawg

    Dan is a very good OC. No doubt but he is absolutely not the guy you want running a top 10 program. He doesnt have the charisma or the recruiting chops. Kirby may be slower than I would like in changing but he is not so arrogant not to make changes and he loves the hell out of recruiting. Also FTMF

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    • Spell Dawg

      He’s at his first critical moment, let’s call it his “shark-humping” season, of his UF HC tenure. McElwain won the East his first two seasons, but everybody knew it was fool’s gold; McElwain won with Muschamp’s players and couldn’t recruit at a school that recruit’s itself. That said, McElwain was at least affable; everybody knows Mullen is an unlikable clown who is, at best, recruiting a hair better.

      He might want to avoid any deep sea fishing trips and be careful about speaking off the cuff in-front of microphones this season. The wheels come off fast in Hogtown these days.

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  2. akascuba

    I watched an interview with him from SEC media days. The guy really is a smug easy to dislike jerk. When asked about past FU nattys he loved to talk about how we did it. It worked if you assumed he was the HC as he was pretending. When the talk changed to recruiting he changed it to surfing at his lake house. I’m so glad McGarity was not allowed to hire this asshole. He and FU deserve each other.

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  3. Ran A

    What cracks me up is that this is being reported as “news”… Mullen came out about a year ago and basically stated that he did not like the way the college game had changed and that included recruiting. News flash to Mullen, Saban changed the recruiting game a decade ago; but when your at MSU, you can get away with “high teen” recruiting classes. UF expects to out recruit Georgia and that hasn’t happened since Kirby stepped on campus.

    Little nuggets like this are starting to come out, as our neighbors to the South begin to actually take a hard look at this Georgia team. The is “Mullen our CMR? ” post that showed up on GATA247 shows the doubt that is beginning to creep into the Gatornation. They won the East last year, but you can see the cracks that are beginning to form in the SS Mullen.

    Mullen’s buyout is $12MM. Georgia wins this year and goes on and makes a run into the play-offs, the pressure on Mullen next year will be suffocating. Still believe that come fall 2023, Mullen will be the O.C. for Jacksonville, making about $3MM-$5MM a year with his old boss.

    Florida’s next hire will define the East. They have to go get a big name that can recruit up against Georgia. If they fail this time, then they are likely battling for 2nd, 3rd or 4th for the most part, while Georgia continues enjoys the same kind of dominance in the East, that Bama has enjoyed in the West for a decade + now.

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    • W Cobb Dawg

      Not so sure Mullen would get $3+ million a year as an nfl OC. You’re talking about owners who are perfectly happy with an OC like the mediocre Schotty, as long as he comes relatively cheap.


  4. Godawg

    But, but, but…he’s such a great developer of talent he doesn’t need to recruit well. Given a little time he can win the SEC with preferred walk-ons. #FTMF

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  5. akascuba

    I watched Kirby at the same event. Reading poetry no matter how well intended he should leave to others. It’s not his calling. Beyond that his focus was on improving his football team along with the lives of his players and seemingly nothing else. Exactly the guy you want leading your team.


    • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

      He wasn’t “reading poetry,” he quoted Henry David Thoreau to provide context as to a personal philosophy about how one should handle expectations and find success. It was a good quote and an elegant explanation.

      If you have issues with that, that says more about you and your own insecurities than it says about Kirby. I’m guessing if he had just said “GATA!” and then head-butted Sankey after walking off the stage, that would have been more your speed?

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    • Dawg19

      Scuba, I’m betting you hand out mini-tubes of toothpaste at Halloween.


  6. More articles like this mean more pressure on Mullen. More pressure on Mullen means Mullen makes more stupid sound bites and dumb mistakes. More stupid sound bites and dumb mistakes mean more anguished threads on Gators247. I’m here for all of it.

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  7. Hogbody Spradlin

    I agree with what the guy says about Mullen, but I have a hard time thinking Corch is passionate about anything except Corch.

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  8. godawgs1701

    Well now I’ll consider extending my subscription to The Athletic when it goes beyond the dollar-a-month trial. LOL


  9. Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

    Long may Sideshow Dan the Clown reign in Jortsville!

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    • Down Island Way

      When you read your own press, this is no conundrum by mistake…that asswipe is who the FU hc is what you get, he could kinda’ sorta’ hide at the previous place of employment, at FU the magnifying glass is a whole lot bigger, making the question/answer sessions last a little longer giving the dipstick corch wanna’be more opportunities to show that the 12 step asshole sessions are working better than anticipated…#FTMF

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  10. James Shir!ey

    My fervent prayer is that Mullen gets run out of pigville at the same time that the Jeoffrey wears out his welcome at feck. The clown coaching at feck would be a win-win for all parties concerned. The nerds would think that they have he best coach ever, he would be closer to his beloved lake, FU would be starting over at ground zero and we would be beating both of them like a drum for the foreseeable future.


    • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

      Why would you want either to ever be fired?

      Who cares what their fans say as long as as we keep beating them on the regular? Let them think or say what they want!

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      • theotherdoug

        I’m all for Mullen getting fired. It’ll probably happen after the 2022 season, and it’s very likely they will hire another crappy coach. They’re about to be Miami or FSU.

        Collins makes me nervous because I think he is actually a good coach. He has a monumental task trying to rebuild Tech, but if he gets things fixed they will be a lot better on the field and recruiting trail.


        • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

          Why are you all for Cousin Eddie getting fired? THAT MAKES NO SENSE!

          We KNOW he is not a threat, and thus Floriduh is not a threat, as long as he’s the head coach. Why would you ever want that guy to leave Floriduh? I’ll take him beating us about once every four years for the certainty that he and his complete lack of interest in recruiting stays in Jortsville forever! Every single member of DawgNation should sign that deal in blood to make it happen.

          If Sideshow Dan the Clown were to be fired, the most likely candidate to take over the job is Kiffin, and you better believe he’s far more a threat than Cousin Eddie ever could be, both in recruiting and on the field. Look at what he did at Ole Miss in one season, with players who were not perfect fits for his offensive system. Now imagine him being able to recruit at Floriduh, to include better defensive recruits.

          Good lord, this is beyond a terrible take. It’s possible to dislike Sideshow Dan with extreme prejudice while also acknowledging the fact that as long as he’s at Floriduh, then the ‘turds will never be a threat, and thus, it’s better for him to stay there as long as possible. Those are not mutually exclusive ways to understand the situation.

          You know who wants Mullen at Floriduh as long as possible? Kirby. You know who doesn’t want Kiffin at Floriduh? Kirby. Guaranteed.

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          • HirsuteDawg

            Kiffin could be a a great coach but – like a lot of talented people – he sabotages himself.


            • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

              People forget how easily he coached circles around Mark Richt in 2009, and if not for a Mount Cody tipped FG, he would’ve beaten Saban that year, too, and he did it with a thoroughly mediocre roster up in Hillbillyville.

              Look what he did last season with a depleted Ole Miss roster.

              You think he’d sabotage himself at Floriduh? Okay.


        • Down Island Way

          Powers that be at FU are asswipes, don’t believe they would venture into that losing record hc resume for the kind of $cratch they put out…


  11. olddawg78

    The fan base at both schools have such a delusional opinion of their greatness that it’s only a matter of time. They will be lucky to last another four to five years at their current schools.

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  12. I have waxed poetic about my unfavorable feelings regarding the slacked jawed assholes from Hogtown…now, finally, the national sports media has taken off their rose colored glasses to view Dipshit Dan objectively. But what I find even more joyful is that jort ahole nation is starting to admit it to themselves and to other hive members that maybe Danny Boy ain’t the second coming of Corch…and in their pitiful, painful self reflections I find solace.

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    • Bulldawg Bill

      “… maybe Danny Boy ain’t the second coming of Corch…” For a second one of those maybe they could use a little Viagra?!?!

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  13. Dawglicious

    “And from afar, it doesn’t seem Mullen has that temperament. The head coach has to embody what he wants from his staff.”

    If that means the staff shows up at the croots’ homes wearing Darth Vader masks, I’m all for it! FTMF

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