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Mullen Hasn’t Given Gators “A Second’s Thought”

Dan Mullen was in the state of Florida yesterday! 

For a Gator Bowl function, not to hammer out contract details with Jeremy Foley.  (We think.)

When asked about the vacant UF job, Mullen said, “The only person I have talked to about coaching positions is sitting right here at the end of the table,” gesturing to Mississippi State AD Scott Stricklin.  “I’m very happy at Mississippi State and have no plans on going anywhere.”

It has been reported by multiple sources that Mullen did speak with Miami AD Kirby Hocutt earlier this week.  Perhaps they talked about the weather.

Or perhaps — as Mullen said again yesterday — he has not been contacted by any Miami or Florida officials.  Regarding Miami, someone is lying.  Either he met with Hocutt or he didn’t.  He says he didn’t.  Multiple newspapers report he did.

According to The Florida Times-Union, Mullen also said that he’s not given “a second’s thought” to the Gators’ job.  And that “It’s 100% my intention to keep Mississippi State going in the right direction.”

Asked about job speculation, Mullen said: “There’s speculation everywhere.  The hard thing with speculation is that in the college football world, we have to deal with reality.  My reality right now is dealing with final exams, making sure our kids are taking their final exams, making sure the last 30 kids turned in their books today, getting a practice schedule ready and getting a bowl schedule ready.  And trying got hold on to recruits during a time of speculation.”

The Jackson Clarion-Ledger quotes Mullen as saying, “I’m very happy at Mississippi State University.  I have no plans on going anywhere.”

We all know how this game is played, of course.  Coaches use words like “intention,” “plans,” and “right now” to suggest that they will never leave.  While it would be just as easy to say, “I’m not leaving, I promise.”

We’re not suggesting that Mullen’s planning a jump from Starkville.  But we’re also not ready to read his comments and mark him off the Gators’ list just yet.

One thing we do know — All those reports on Wednesday afternoon that UF had already made or was ready to make an offer to Mullen were total bunk.

Lesson: Never believe what you hear in the immediate aftermath of a surprising announcement.  That’s misinformation and random speculation time.


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