Day 9: What Have We Learned?


What we’ve learned throughout the week-plus of this coach search is that the news cycle abhors a vacuum, but it looks like we’re finally getting something more than unsubstantiated rumors. An Oregon newspaper reported over the weekend that MSU had contacted Ducks assistant Chip Kelly, who last week was named Mike Bellotti‘s successor in waiting. We also learned that Syracuse is going hard after East Carolina head coach Skip Holtz. The sides are expected to meet tonight, although Syracuse is still looking at other candidates.

And yesterday, the Associated Press reported that Florida offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Dan Mullen had spoken with State about Sylvester Croom‘s old job. Mullen denied that rumor yesterday. Nevertheless, he seems a little more “gettable” than Kelly at the moment, so let’s take a closer look at him.

Current job: Florida offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach (since 2005)
Age: 36
Previous stops
• 2003-04: Utah quarterbacks coach
• 2001-02: Bowling Green quarterbacks coach
• 1999-00: Notre Dame graduate assistant offense
• 1998: Syracuse graduate assistant offense
• 1996-97: Columbia receivers coach
• 1994-95: Wagner receivers coach
Notable: Florida ranks first in SEC, third in nation in scoring offense. … Gators also ranked first in SEC, third in nation in scoring in 2007. … Florida was only team in 2007 to run for at least on TD and pass for at least one TD in every game. … QB Tim Tebow won the 2007 Heisman.


121 Responses to “Day 9: What Have We Learned?”

  1. dawgface52 Says:

    He would be a good hire but sounds like either he is not interested or we have someone else in mind. I say that because Meyer says he is not a finalist for the job. At this point, I have no idea who it will be. In fact, I’m tired of all the rumors. Greg is saying nothing so I’m just going to quit following this crap until I hear of the selection on the evening news.

    Now, maybe I can get something done today. 🙂

  2. darkcooger Says:

    You know what I’ve learned? That when Greg Byrne said he was going to keep quiet, he damn well meant it!

    I’m still holding out hope for Chris Petersen (ever the optimist, me), but Dan Mullen seems like he’d be a good choice as well. I’m getting close to the point of asking if we can have Coach Croom back, now that several of his assistants are committed elsewhere (and I wanted to give Croom more time with different assistants anyway).

  3. bantyrooster1 Says:

    I’ve learned that if I’ve got a secret and I can only tell ONE person it’s going to be Greg Byrne by golly. This guy can keep a secret better than a chinese spy. I have no idea who we’re going to end up with but I believe in Greg.

  4. madisondawg Says:

    Maybe a secret; Maybe not a clue.

  5. carwwest Says:

    the fact that mullen denies it after meyer is the one that said it kind of bothers me….sounds to me like he isnt interested and if we are willing to throw this huge amount of money at a young OC and they arent interested then it makes you wonder who we will actually get….the longer we wait, the more skeptical i get….ugh!!

  6. norcross77 Says:

    hate to throw out another rumor, but a friend of a friend works for MSU, and they told my friend that Peterson has already been hired, and they will make the announcement later this week. I know it can’t be substantiated, just passing along what I heard. I just hope it is true.

  7. omahadog Says:

    I believe that the less we hear out of Greg Byrne, the more truth there is that the deal has already been sealed, and waiting for the official announcement. You can’t go by what coaches say, or what their AD’s or HC’s say. Right now, teams are getting ready for BIG games, and trying to hold on to their recruits. I agree with most on this blog, that Greg Byrne is doing his job to the letter. I like it. Better than having our laundry aired during this process, as in the past.

  8. dawgintheswamp Says:

    I learned that hot dogs with chilli is good and I heard Bill Cowher flew into Columbus airport yesterday

  9. Braves Dawg Says:

    My cousin goes to school at the W and she said everyone was talking about Jason Garrett arriving this morning in Columbus.

  10. farley662 Says:

    Just heard from GG that a major announcement was coming this afternoon. Said it will shock the world!!!!!!!

  11. Jimmy Barbee Says:

    Farley, is Coach Croom coming back? You did say shock the world, didn’t you.

  12. desotodawg Says:

    I just learned that GB saved a ton of money switching to Geico.

  13. darkcooger Says:

    We got a stellar football coach and Rick Stansbury will slide into a purely recruiting role so we can have a stellar basketball coach too?

    (Don’t get me wrong. I think Stansbury is a pretty good coach, but I also believe his “pretty good” has cost us some games.)

  14. dawgintheswamp Says:

    Also heard Chuck Norris cooks Greg Byrne’s breakfast everyday

  15. farley662 Says:

    I think GG is coming outta retirement and is gonna have a grudge match with BL. He did give me a Ric Flair WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! When we got off the phone.

  16. Braves Dawg Says:

    GB is the father of Chuck Norris’ beard.

    MSU will have to reach OTL III before a Peterson hire can be made.

    Book it! Xenu 4Life!

  17. farley662 Says:

    Greg’s thetan too low for Petersen?

  18. dawgintheswamp Says:

    Probably waiting on the second Tuesday of the month, you know when the mothership comes by to visit.

  19. carwwest Says:

    petersen aint coming….time to try to get wilson…

  20. dawgintheswamp Says:


  21. Braves Dawg Says:

    You know, all it takes to increase your thetan level is money. It won’t matter anyway if they hire Garrett or Cowher. Peterson can go ahead and stay with the Galactic Confederacy.

  22. dawgintheswamp Says:

    You don’t want him Dennis done drove his old butt crazy

  23. Braves Dawg Says:

    Wilson Phillips?

  24. bigdraws Says:

    My sources have told me that Joe Paterno was hired by Hendrix motorsports to be Junior’s spotter for next year.

  25. bantyrooster1 Says:

    Hire Tebow!

  26. bantyrooster1 Says:

    Brad, a question….If State schedules a press conference, how far in advance will they let the media know so they can have people there? Let’s say they announce a press conference for this afternoon at 3:00, how far in advance would you have know about it?

  27. bigdraws Says:

    There you have it sports fans. Press conference at 3pm to announce the next coach.

  28. BirdZ! Says:

    Basketball press conference at 2:30 today. Byrne is going to let Stansbury announce the new football coach, as long as he’s not too hoarse.

  29. dawgintheswamp Says:

    Ya’ll are behind, I found out about that at breakfast this morning, so there’s your answer bantyroster. They tell the media during breakfast

  30. carwwest Says:

    kevin wilson, OK’s OC….mullen has denied being contacted…. petersen has said multiple times he isnt coming….brain kelly said he wasnt coming….patterson’s AD said he wasnt interested….dooley dogged us and said no thanks….

    this is getting farther and farther down the list i think and the longer we wait the worse…i think byrne is trying his hardest but who knows who accepts…..

    draws where did you hear that??

  31. armydawg23 Says:

    I just freaking hope that whoever the new Dawg coach is, he will GET RIDDDD of those UGLY white helmets

  32. bigdraws Says:

    Bantyrooster just said it, carwwest. And I hope whomever becomes the new coach, the last thing on their mind is how our helmets look. twss

  33. Braves Dawg Says:

    I heard the new helmets would be trimmed in pink as Elton John tries his hand as MSU’s next football coach.

  34. interface7 Says:

    Is this 3PM press conference for real?

  35. bigdraws Says:

    Like the helmets we wore at the Kentucky game?

  36. bigdraws Says:

    I doubt it inherface.

  37. dawgintheswamp Says:

    Yep press conference to be held at the horse barn

  38. desotodawg Says:

    you will think like a winner if you look like a winner .. otherwise .. you will think like a loser if you look like a wiener.

  39. Braves Dawg Says:

    No draws, these helmets will have no significance other than recognizing the general gaiety of these events.

  40. bigdraws Says:

    You’re saying msu football is gay?

  41. armydawg23 Says:

    just saying clean the house unis and all

  42. Brad Locke Says:

    Y’all are in fine form today.

    I imagine they’d give enough notice for all the media folks to get here (from places like Memphis, Biloxi, etc.). Could be a same-day thing if they announced it in the A.M.

  43. Braves Dawg Says:

    Are you saying MSU football is gay?

  44. bamamanreturns Says:

    Wow, looks like state better take Mullen if he actually called THEM, because it looks like no one else would touch this job with a 10 foot pole. On another note, there was a helicopter that circled the stadium and set down on the practice field this morning around 8…maybe showing someone around, I don’t know, looks like this thing is all over the map. My money is on Curley Hallman, Terry Bowden or Dennis Franchione

  45. bigdraws Says:

    Braves, you are one of the most confused individuals I’ve ever blogged.

  46. bantyrooster1 Says:

    Priority list:
    1. New Coach
    2. New QB
    3. New attitude
    4. New Maroon Helmets
    5. New Socks

  47. carwwest Says:

    where did you here mullen called us??…he denied even being contacted by us this morning…

    lets take one thing at a time…we need a coach first….then the helmets….but i can almost assure that the new coach could easily win over some fan base by announcing we are bringing back the marron helmets…

  48. carwwest Says:


  49. dawgintheswamp Says:

    Priority List:
    1. bamamanreturns true identity
    2. Garnishing JB’s social security check
    3. Gayest? Braves or Draws?
    4. Shin implants for Farley

  50. dawgsfan81 Says:

    Definitely miss the old school helmets!

  51. carwwest Says:

    BL, so are saying they have or have not told you about a press conference??…maybe i read it wrong, im sick as heck and cant see straight….

  52. Braves Dawg Says:

    Definelty get Farley some HGH. And why will pink trimmed helmets not attract some new fan base?

  53. dawgintheswamp Says:

    Press conferenct at horse barn, 3 o’clock

  54. bigdraws Says:

    I don’t know swamp. But I can assure you braves will definatly be donning his gay apparel this holiday season.

  55. Braves Dawg Says:

    Car, you mean they haven’t told you about the press conference?

  56. carwwest Says:

    i guess not, im so out of the loop right now…

    so now im hearing we have not contacted mullen but he would be “very interested” if we called….this is getting out of control!!!….somebody is a liar!!

  57. Braves Dawg Says:

    Are Santa Claus G-strings considered gay apparal?

  58. farley662 Says:

    So Braves is going with you to the Carrie Underwood concert now???????

  59. farley662 Says:

    Heard there is a plane headed to Dallas. Terrell Owens as HC?

  60. dawgsfan81 Says:

    Has anyone heard Jimbo Fisher’s name mentioned?

  61. bigdraws Says:

    No braves, but your assless chaps are.

  62. farley662 Says:

    dawgsfan81 Says:
    December 8, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    “Has anyone heard Jimbo Fisher’s name mentioned?”

    Just did.

  63. Braves Dawg Says:

    I told you it’s Jason Garrett!

  64. farley662 Says:

    Is that Chris’s dad?

  65. dawgsfan81 Says:

    I would settle for Tony Romo as a coach as long as Jessica Simpson comes to a few games. 😉

  66. farley662 Says:

    As long as she doesn’t sing I’m fine with that?

  67. Braves Dawg Says:

    And your leather vest with no shirt?

  68. Braves Dawg Says:

    Chris’s mom, anal conception and all.

  69. dawgintheswamp Says:

    You guys and all your guessing games, ya’ll so silly…55 minutes till press conference at horse barn

  70. farley662 Says:

    Didn’t know RB was that way!!!!!!!!

  71. bigdraws Says:

    Not to mention your sailor outfit.

  72. bigdraws Says:

    They should change the name of the joint off 45 in west point to the whores barn. I might go then.

  73. Braves Dawg Says:

    or Blue Oyster Bar.

  74. bigdraws Says:

    No Braves, they’ve already got one of those in Shannon I hear. Would be a great place to wear a sailor outfit, or go dressed up as an indian.

  75. carwwest Says:

    ok this thread has taken off and i have no idea where to…haha

  76. farley662 Says:

    I thought the one in Shannon was called Fudge Packers?

  77. bigdraws Says:

    It’s actually called Rumors. Which is exactly what this place has turned into the past week.

  78. The Vice Prez Says:

    The Associated Press-

    -Starkville, MS – Current governor of Alaska and former Republican Vice-presidential nominee, Sarah Palin, was confirmed landing in Starkville, MS to interview for the head coaching job at Mississippi State University on Monday morning. The small university located in rural Mississippi has been searching for a head coach since Sylvester Croom resigned on November 29th. Palin’s last head coaching job was a stint with her oldest son’s YMCA hockey team in Juneau. She was recently see touring Scott Field on a snowmobile.

  79. farley662 Says:

    I thought it was a snow machine?

  80. bigdraws Says:

    At least there’d be a hot piece of ass walking up and down the sidelines. Braves thought that was why we hired crxxm though.

  81. skoalbandit Says:

    i will be glad when you all get a coach so you can go back to pretending like you have a chance to compete in the SEC

  82. dawgsfan81 Says:

    I just hope that with all this build up about who the next coach will be, we won’t be let down.

  83. farley662 Says:

    Walrus humper?

  84. Braves Dawg Says:

    Hush your naughty mouth before I put it to work. 😉

  85. bigdraws Says:

    Speaking of items enjoyed by the gay community. Nice username skoalbandit.

  86. dawgsfan81 Says:

    If Sarah can see Russia from her house, maybe we can see the endzone from our own side of the field because that seems to be where we always are. Maybe we should try recruiting Joe the Plumber?

  87. The Vice Prez Says:

    what do you mean “you all”? Surely you aren’t racist……….

  88. Braves Dawg Says:


  89. imabulldog Says:

    Shut ya mouth punk!

  90. bigdraws Says:

    I’m sure that has touched his lips too braves.

  91. farley662 Says:

    What do you mean be “you all” Prez??????????????

  92. farley662 Says:

    Anyone here have any inside info? Like, maybe they worked for the team or something?

  93. bigdraws Says:

    Ah calm down ima. Assbandit is a lover not a fighter. Now given that’s gay sodemy love but who’s counting.

  94. skoalbandit Says:

    and you consider “bigdraws” straight? and wow braves dawg “assbandit” really, it really took you 5 min to think up “assbandit”

  95. farley662 Says:

    No it didn’t take him 5 minutes!!!!!!!!!!!!! His mouth was full and he couldn’t talk!

  96. The Vice Prez Says:

    You just went full retard Farley. You never go full retard.

  97. dawgintheswamp Says:


  98. skoalbandit Says:

    reading your board, i now see why you still have not found a coach.

  99. dawgintheswamp Says:

    Hey don’t you knock THE VAN…we’ll run over you with it

  100. farley662 Says:

    “Mama, I’ll see you again tonight in my head movies. But this head movies makes my eyes rain!”

  101. farley662 Says:

    No more blathering?

  102. bigdraws Says:

    “i now see why you still have not found a coach.”

    I guess your eye recovered from that incident in the bathroom stall with Braves then.

  103. diamondawg23 Says:

    What the he#@ is going on here. Dan Mullen can come to Starkville just as long as Tim Tebow transfers with him…….or we’ll just take Tebow and let him coach to….

  104. skoalbandit Says:

    I hope you clowns do not represent what the MS State fan base is all about, if so you probably topped out at Croom; if you move now you might have a chance to get him back.

  105. dawgintheswamp Says:

    clowns??? I know brave’s got it in your eye but it’s not make up or anything, just wash it out

  106. diamondawg23 Says:

    Skoal…We just wan to win… You see some of these people have gone crazy from losing. Its called getting your a@@ whipped syndrome. The olnly move we want to make on Croom is OUT….

  107. diamondawg23 Says:

    Skoal…We just want to win… You see some of these people have gone crazy from losing. Its called getting your a@@ whipped syndrome. The olnly move we want to make on Croom is OUT….

  108. diamondawg23 Says:

    Sorry for the double……I’ve got the syndrome to

  109. bigdraws Says:

    That’s not the case with Swamp diamondawg. He got mad cow disease from his last girlfriend.

  110. skoalbandit Says:

    diamonddawg23, good point you are not who i had in mind when i said clown.
    dawgintheswamp, i am sure you can tell it was not make up by the taste, however, trust me, braves is in no way man enough to get anything anywhere near me.

  111. skoalbandit Says:

    True draws, i should have left your sister at the farm i found her at.

  112. farley662 Says:

    I thought that too bandit, but he’s a sneaky bastard. Still have nightmares about that day last December……..

  113. bigdraws Says:

    I just have to thank your mom for giving me my username bandit. And it ain’t because of my waste size if you know what I mean. Sorry about that spot we left in your backseat by the way.

  114. diamondawg23 Says:

    I’m out….

  115. Braves Dawg Says:

    It stinks like sex in here.

  116. bigdraws Says:

    Nobody else smells it. Maybe you should shave or clean your mustache.

  117. Braves Dawg Says:

    mustache rides……

  118. The Vice Prez Says:

    a source close to the administration just reported that Nutt has been contacted by Greg. I can’t tell you his name but i’ll give you hints……his first name rhymes will toll and his last name rhymes with mandit. Thats all i’m telling

  119. interface7 Says:

    TCU’s Patterson is leaving Dallas on a plane heading for Bryan Field tonight………….

  120. tennesseemarine01 Says:

    I will be soglad when GB makes the call…any hints who it might be?

  121. Braves Dawg Says:

    Burt Reynolds

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