Mullen to coach the bizzaro dogs

Florida offensive coordinator Dan Mullen was named the head football coach at Mississippi State today.  It is unknown if he is staying with the Gators through the National Championship game.

Great for Dan Mullen.  Coach Mullen has been with Urban Meyer since Utah and worked with him for a couple of seasons at Bowling Green.  At 36, he has a great chance to do something, anything with one of the toughest coaching spots on Earth and parlay that into a big time coaching gig.   Sly Croom has definitely upgraded the talent in Starkville, but their offense was fetid this year.  Dan Mullen has been hired to change that.   Mullen is a master of the spread option, so look for the Dawgs to run that offense in Starkville.

From a selfish standpoint, this could be a good thing for the rest of the conference, especially the SEC East.  The spread option is a tough offense to teach.  No doubt a large part of his success at Florida and Utah has been due to his starting QBs, but  Mullen also is a great offensive schemer, always seeming to design game plans that exploit defenses weaknesses.  Above all, Mullen is a great teacher, one that Meyer has to replace now.

A side note:  Mississippi State’s search was handled very well.  They evaluated their best options, reached out to a couple of head coaches they thought they could get (Peterson at Boise State and Dooley at La Tech), and got one of the best coordinators available.  I agree with PWD, there is another A&M college in the SEC West that could learn a thing or two from them.


2 Responses to “Mullen to coach the bizzaro dogs”

  1. 1 Jackson
    December 11, 2008 at 7:42 am

    Why hasn’t anyone interviewed Charlie Strong (florida DC) for head coach? His D got florida to the national championship a couple years ago, not meyer/mullen offense. It has to be a racial thing, because this guy can coach and his phone should be ringing off the hook. As a dawg fan, I want to see somebody else across the field when we play florida.

  2. 2 bulldoginexile
    December 11, 2008 at 8:42 am

    I often wonder the same thing. On one hand, he is a proven X’s and O’s guy. Last year his defenses were not terrible and had several key injuries. The only games that you could say he didn’t scheme well for in his time at UF would be this year’s Ole Miss game and last year’s Georgia game and bowl game. On the other, he has been interviewed for HC jobs before.

    Now, I don’t know Charlie Strong and have only seen him on the sidelines, but he has been interviewed on several occasions. Either he isn’t interested in leaving Gainesville (don’t have any idea why) or Meyer (as much as I think he is a Class A jackass, he is a great coach and apparently takes care of ‘his’ people), OR he doesn’t interview well. I am not making judgment as to which one it is, but his name has come up on more than one occasion (Clemson comes to mind).

    The Miss State job was going to an offensive minded coach. Period. When you lose games 3-2 and your offense only scores 180 or so points and was given the ball inside the opponents 30 as many times as the Bulldogs were, you have to make an offensive hire.

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