Fedora is the best coach in the state and had the best team in the state this year. Impressive win over Houston. He could be named the new coach at Ole Miss as early as Monday and then start the domination of State after a couple of years of rebuilding. Mullen would be wise to go to Penn State, or anywhere else, before his stock bottoms out, if it hasn't already.
As noted earlier today, Larry Fedora is figuring prominently in Ole Miss’ search for a new head coach. He’ll likely win a few Rebel fans to his corner with a barb he tossed toward Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen… a coach who has tossed his own barbs at UM for three years.
After Saturday’s Egg Bowl win, Mullen said:
“Hopefully the kids in the state of Mississippi understand this is the place to come to win championships.”
Said the man who’d just finished up a 6-6 regular season. While Mullen dart was clearly aimed at Ole Miss, Fedora — who is at Southern Miss — took notice. And it just so happens his team is 10-2 on the season and is heading into a C-USA title game with Houston this weekend. His reply to Mullen’s boast:
“We’re proud of the fact that all the great players from the state of Mississippi on this team have an opportunity to actually play for a championship.”
If you thought Mullen would allow Fedora to have the final word, however, you don’t know Mullen. Told of USM’s coach’s comments, MSU’s coach said:
“It’s neat for them that they get to play in that championship game, obviously it’s not the Southeastern Conference.”
There’s a slim chance that Mullen and Fedora could meet up in the Liberty Bowl this season if the Music City Bowl passes on State, if USM loses to Houston, and if the two in-state schools agree to meet in Memphis.
Perhaps our best hope of seeing this two go head-to-head is for Mullen to stay put in Starkville and for Fedora to land the job in Oxford. First man to an actual SEC championship wins.