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MSU’s Mullen Mentioned As Texas A&M Candidate

Mississippi State fans, get ready for another rumor regarding your coach.

According to AggieYell.com — the Rivals site covering Texas A&M — in addition to the names Larry Fedora, Charlie Strong and Kevin Sumlin that have been kicked around, “there have been a number of surprising candidates that have expressed interest” in the Aggies’ head coaching job:

 

“Two of them are current Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen and Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney. Mullen was rumored to be a candidate for the Penn State coaching position.”

 

The site — behind a paywall, so you’ll need to subscribe — spends more time discussing Swinney than Mullen.  No surprise, Swinney played for Gene Stallings at Alabama and Stallings still has influence in College Station.  Also, Swinney just won the ACC and is heading to a BCS bowl while Mullen is 6-6 and heading to the Music City Bowl.

Mullen will deny any contact with A&M shortly — start your clocks — but with his name popping up in connection with every job in America the last two years, it’s clear that his agent is pushing his client’s name anywhere and everywhere.  If a school has interest, then Mullen can decide to follow up on it or not.  If a school doesn’t have interest or if Mullen doesn’t want the job, then he can deny any contact.

All the while, the brand “Dan Mullen” is being connected to Miami, Penn State and Texas A&M when, in reality, his resume doesn’t yet demand that type of fawning from athletic directors.

And if Mullen does wind up in East Texas?  Well, then A&M will have its first blood feud with a member of its new conference.

 


11 comments
Fred
Fred

TAMU should not get Dabo. This is a nasty person.
Just look at his last tweet about South Carolina.

MSU Fan
MSU Fan

Remember that Bill Byrne is the AD at Texas A&M. Bill Byrne has probably met Dan Mullen, and is certainly very familar with him, since his son, Greg Byrne, hired Dan Mullen at MSU.
You are so correct, and I'm a MSU fan and most fans won't admit it, that Mullen's agent is completely pushing his name at all of these schools. Anyone who doesn't believe that has had their head in the sand for the past twenty years of college football. It is the way the game of coaching hires is played. ESPN saying that Dan Mullen is a leading candidate at PSU was also a push by Mullen's camp, because Mullen has some very good friends in Bristol, Conn.
Can't see Dabo leaving Clemson for College Station. That is a lateral move.

MIZ_SEC
MIZ_SEC

It sure seems like A&M is not that enamored with Larry Fedora. He seems like he would be the obvious pick given that he grew up an A&M fan and just put a beatdown on the other main contender, Kevin Sumlin, but A&M appears to view him as a backup plan.

Objective observer
Objective observer

Sumlin would seem to be the obvious pick...his Cougars got rocked when a BCS game was riding on the outcome...natural fit for the Aggies

rhett
rhett

I can hear the outgoing press conference now, "The money is just too much. That is all."

secsportsfan1979
secsportsfan1979

What an ignorant statement about Mullen. It is two bit sites like this and all the other yahoos that have an internet connection that associate coaches with openings. Geez, another reason why not to believe ANYTHING you read on the internet.

ryan
ryan

A&M is closer to central Texas than East Texas.

Who is Mullen's agent? Jimmy Sexton pushed Sumlin all over the country - now Trace Armstrong is doing the same.

Guest
Guest

Ryan:
I moved to B/CS from South Tejas and have lived in Williamson County (central TX) for a long time graduation...A&M is culturally East Texas.
Just saying...
-Don

Old Sarge
Old Sarge

A&M is 65 Central 35 East. Aggies own most of the hill country ranches.

RebelReality
RebelReality

Mullen will also blame this latest rumor on Ole Miss shortly - start your clocks.

Bowlbound
Bowlbound

Spoken like a true Black Bear.

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