February 24th, 2011 02:46 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Mississippi State
Tags: HBO, MSU, Urban Meyer, Zachary Taylor
As he lay on his death bed, former president Zachary Taylor uttered his last words: “I regret nothing.”
Well Dan Mullen basically threw out a big ol’ ditto when asked about his recruitment of controversial ex-Auburn superstar Cam Newton. MSU’s coach had mixed emotions when he recently discussed the situation with Brandon Marcello of The Jackson Clarion-Ledger.
“I don’t regret how we handled his recruiting situation at all. How the situation kind of stained almost everybody, I don’t like that, because I care about Cam a lot. I’m proud of him and I’m happy for all of the things he’s accomplished.”
Mullen says he knows he’ll see Newton again at some point and that their relationship will still be okey-dokey. “Like I said, if Cam called me today and said, ‘Coach, I need a favor,’ in a heartbeat I’d do whatever I could to help him as a former player. I’ve always thought we were very, very close. In my opinion, nothing has changed in my feelings toward him. I don’t feel any different today.”
As for his old boss Urban Meyer’s recent comments about the wretched hive of scum and villainy that is college football, Mullen said little. “He’s allowed to talk a little bit more freely because now he’s paid give his opinion. I’m paid to monitor our program and one of the things we try to do at Mississippi State is make sure we are doing everything the right way. … I can’t really worry about other programs. If people are doing things better than us, we’re always going to try to improve and do things better but we’re always going to do things legally and do things ethically the right way.”
All this in light of the fact HBO is digging around MSU’s pursuit of Newton for an investigative piece on it’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumble” franchise. Mullen says he’s not been contacted by HBO about the report.
As for doing things ethically, Mullen better hope there’s no truth to the rumors that Newton “handler” Kenny Rogers has an audio tape that would shine a bad light on MSU’s involvement in Newton’s recruitment.
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