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Mullen Kiffins Again With Shot At Ole Miss

Each time I compare Dan Mullen to Lane Kiffin I get a slew of angry emails from Mississippi State fans.  Trouble is, Dan Mullen is comparable to Lane Kiffin.

He’s young.  He’s cocky.  He’s mouthy.  And he likes to throw a barb at the competition whenever he can. 

If your coach does that, you love him and there’s nothing wrong with it.  If your rivals’ coach does that, you hate him and he’s just being classless.  And if you’re an objective outsider you say, “Hey, that guy acts like Lane Kiffin.”

Yesterday, an animated Houston Nutt began his post-signing day press conference by excitedly mentioning the fact that Ole Miss had signed the top five players in the state of Mississippi and eight of the top 12.  He took no shots at Mississippi State — from the clips I watched — and simply stated facts, just as any coach would have.

But it appears Mullen made the mistake of reacting to a reporter’s version of the events.  Again.  Last summer, a reporter at SEC Media Days baited MSU’s coach into taking a shot at Nick Saban when, in fact, Saban had said nothing that should have riled up Mullen in the first place.

This time around, someone apparently told the coach that Nutt “bragged about the amount of in-state talent he bagged.” Mullen replied as follows:


“That’s good.  I thought we did pretty well, too.  I guess we’ll find out next Thanksgiving, just like the last two Thanksgivings.”


Well, that’s just nasty.  It’s Kiffinesque.  And while MSU fans will no doubt rally ’round their coach’s defiant tone — Hell, yeah! — it’s that kind of talk that makes what a Miami trustee said about Mullen in December seem so utterly believable.  The Miami Herald at the time reported that a UM trustee revealed that Mullen had turned off the search committee with his “big ego” saying that “he acts like he invented the game.”

No kidding.

And I’m sure Mullen’s gums wouldn’t have been poppin’ had he signed the top five players in Mississippi and eight of the top 12.

 


25 comments
Realist
Realist

It doesn't matter even if State wins next year there team will be in shambles. If state has a good year there coach is going for another job. There Qb's a senior he's gone, There top rated recievers will jump shift to the nfl along with there D line and O line. State wont even be a blimp on the radar after next season, msu hasn't been building theve been maintaining. Ole Miss is in the process of rebuilding.

Present = MSU
Future = Ole Miss

MSUBully1
MSUBully1

“That’s good. I thought we did pretty well, too. I guess we’ll find out next Thanksgiving, just like the last two Thanksgivings.”

Tell me what part of that statement isn't true. I challenge anyone to tell me what isn't true about it.

MSUBully1
MSUBully1

Mullen is NOT like Kiffin. Mullen is running a clean program, maybe too clean. Kiffen is a snake in the grass with idle gestures and senseless words. Mullen has backed up everything he has stated. Mullen has confidence, not ignorance and dishonesty, like Kiffen. Comparing the two is a joke. When Nutt goes 5-7 or 4-8 this year, he will be shown the way out of the bear cave. I can remember tsun fans calling Nutt every name in the book when he was at Arkansas. If he was all those things then why does he suddenly change totally when he arrives at tsun? State fans aren't delusional. They know the status of both programs. tsun, in the last 20 years, is below 500 against Mississippi State so don't act like you're above State. tsun fans are p.o.'d because Mullen told them what he would do and he did it. Our coach backs up what he states. Kiffen is all smoke and mirrors. Mullen knows what he is doing. Kiffen's career will long be over as a head coach while Mullen will be having winning seasons year after year. Kiffen is a rat. Mullen is a football coach, a very good one.

RLD
RLD

Houston Nutt is a great coach and a classy coach. I believe with the amazing recruiting class that we have received and the new coaching staff adjustments we are going to have a GREAT year. Hotty Toddy!
Also, Houston Nutt is far from an Arkansas reject. In fact, I remember when Arkansas was BEGGING for him to stay after he beat the National Champions...LSU!
Mississippi State has seen the best season they will see this past year! Enjoy it because that's the best it's going to get.
Hotty Toddy!

Haha
Haha

Man this article is full of some Butthurt. I heard James Franklin called Ole Miss 'that School South West of us', you better watch out or Vandy is gonna own Nutt too!

15th in the nation vs 12th in the SEC. Haters gonna hate!

KnoxReb
KnoxReb

"im sure he would have been bragging, but he did pull in the most in-state kids out of all schools in the state."

This statement is really dumb, It's like FIU saying they have a better recruiting class than FSU b/c they signed more FLA kids than FSU did. Ole Miss signed 8 out of 12 Dandy Dozen (MS top 12 highschool prospects) players this year and MSU got 2, Bama 1, and Auburn 1. if you round out the top 20 in the state Ole Miss signed even more.

My point: Mullet knew that he got out hustled by houston nutt & Co. and knew all he has to do is make a dumb remark about "winning the instate recruiting battle" and all the DELUSIONAL Msu fans would rally behind it.

Mullen is 2-8 vs the SEC W (both W's against Ole Miss) I'm pretty sure you have to beat LSU, Aub, Bama, and Arky before you can get to that SEC CG that Mullet and crew seem to be beating there chest about.

@Chase7_12
@Chase7_12

He has been there u dumbass. He won 2 national championships at Florida. And that comment is nothing compared to Kiffin. Awful comparison and terrible article. Im not even a Miss State fan. This is just stupid on every level.

Guest
Guest

There is an old saying...."act like you have been here before." Mullen's behavior is a clear indication that he hasn't been there before.

Guest
Guest

Dan Mullen is a classless jerk! And to say that he can coach is a bit presumptuous. He is a mediocre 14-11 in 2 years at MSU. Now that may excite the win-starved fan base at MSU, but it does not define him as the best coach ever. Dan is setting himself up for a colossal failure. When, not if, Ole Miss beats him, what will his excuse be? The non-biased observers of Dan Mullen, like Mr. SEC, recognize that he is a loud mouthed braggart! I, for one, believe he is acting like a WWF pro-wrestler rather than an SEC football coach.

Jerry Maguire
Jerry Maguire

Hey, I love it. You win on the field and you can mouth off as much as you want. TSUN fans are just pissed because Mullen is 2-0 head-to-head vs. Moobs. Moobs was supposed to be the savior of Ole Miss football, but it turns out he's just an Arkansas reject.

Adam Lambert
Adam Lambert

Mullen has proven he can coach on the field, so whatever he says doesn't really matter. However, he did just get taken to the cleaners with recruiting this year. He can continue to say whatever he wants, but if he begins to lose on the field he will begin to look like the idiot that Kiffin became at TN. One loss to Ole Miss and his objectives of beating Ole Miss every year and getting the state of MS best recruits becomes a failure. If he was from the south and understood how to best relate to people, he would tone down his rhetoric adn let his rersults speak for themselves.

guest
guest

I'm curious as to how you would respond to that question Josh. You are asked about the recruiting class of a rival school who you've beat on the field the last two years, and who has "beat" you in recruiting the last two years. You got 5 seconds to respond to the recruiting 'victories' or your rival...go.

guest
guest

I'm sure he would have been bragging, but he did pull in the most in-state kids out of all schools in the state.

notdanmullen
notdanmullen

The validity of the statement isn't in question. The fact that Mullen can't keep his fool ass mouth shut is the point.
Here's the thing...He shoots his mouth off not just to piss Ole Miss fans off, but because every time he mentions Ole Miss you State fans cream yourselves and forget who you are. Mullen has your fan base eating out of his hand and you're all to damn stupid to realize it!

rstacyfaulkner
rstacyfaulkner

This is like being on the playground in elementary school. I seem to remember Jackie Sherrill stating that he would never get beat by Billy Brewer. Sherrill lost one game. 2-1 against Brewer. Sherrill began at MSU in 1991 and State leads in wins 11-9. He was so damn cocky to the point of cutting the nutts off of a bull during a team practice. I like cockiness. It creates competition, ambition and fuels a rivalry.
Dan has certainly added fuel to the Rebels fire (they will always be the Rebels to me) and I don't expect us to beat the Rebels every time while Mullen is at MSU, but if he does, GREAT. Just maybe one day MSU and Ole Miss will be #1 - #3 is the SEC, consistently. I believe that Nutt and Mullen are the two men to do just that, because Orgeron and Croom weren't.
@ RLD: Ole Miss has seen their worst seasons with Orgeron and Nutt. It will get better, so will MSU's I promise you that.

Guest
Guest

Oh, excuse me.....when did Mullet win before this year at State? Beating Ole Miss and going 5-7 in his first year and then this year acting like a classless jerk does not constitute having been there! By your logic Ed Orgeron was championship caliber since he won a National Championship at USC as an assistant. I think we all see who is the dumbass!!

Cal
Cal

Riding Urban Meyer's coattails at Mississippi State won't work there Chase. Just ask Charlie Weis.

IH8MSU
IH8MSU

Turns out, that MisStake fans are only interested in winning one game a year.

Nothing has changed at MisStake

Cal
Cal

I wonder what State fans are going to say when he gets interviewed by a school that doesn't have a trustee that thinks he's too cocky and he bolts for greener pastures (no pun intended). This man has an ego the size of the USS John C. Stennis and I don't think for one second if a job at an actual school up north comes open that he won't bolt (see Penn State).

Guest
Guest

What people don't mention much is that Mullen won this year with Croom's recuits--4 who played in the Senior bowl this year. What suceess he had last year in recruiting was based on his keeping Croom's recuits who were already committed when Mullen got there. But after a succesful year on the field this year, Mullen was not able to turn the success into a good recruiting year. Maybe the recruits or high school coaches don't like a young, cocky, mouthy coach who graduated from Ursinus College, Pa.

Notdanmullen
Notdanmullen

How about "I'm only here to discuss Mississippi State athletics. I'm not concerned with any other school."

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

Guest...

I don't think I'd take a smart alecky shot at the other school as if that coach had somehow insulted me. I'd like to think I'd have simply said, "Well, good for them. We're pretty happy about the guys we signed too. Once again, we signed more Mississippi kids than anybody else did," and let it go.

To say, "We'll see what happens next Thanksgiving," just shows that A) Mullen continues to let the media bait him, B) he's steamed that Ole Miss beat him to the state's best talent, or C) both.

That doesn't mean he's a horrible human being. Just means he's a young, cocky, mouthy coach. Like Kiffin.

Thanks for reading,
John

Guest
Guest

And Ole Miss just signed the top 5 and 8 of the top 12. The rest suck. Hell, the last few of the top 12 even suck. Deal with it.

IH8MSU
IH8MSU

Correction: Jaqueline Cheryl said that Ole Miss would never beat him while he was at Misstake.

I just love football "prophets."

Mullet can talk all he wants. He is about as full of it as Obama is.

guest
guest

Or D) he wants to make the point that 'recruiting' victories are a misnomer if they don't result in on the field victories.

Sorry, for calling you Josh. Typo.

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