The latest name to rise to the top of the MSU head coach rumor mill is Oklahoma offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson. And not without good reason, as Mississippi State Athletics Director Greg Byrne was in Kansas City over the weekend – OU pummeled Missouri in the Big 12 championship game at Arrowhead Stadium on Saturday.
Back to Wilson in a moment. The Gainesville Sun has reported that Florida offensive coordinator Dan Mullen is not a finalist for the MSU job, but head coach Urban Meyer said “their might be some conversation” between the two parties. Here’s the excerpt from the UF notebook posted late last night:
Meyer also dismissed rumors about offensive coordinator Dan Mullen being a finalist for the Mississippi State opening.
“I don’t believe that’s true,” he said. “I think there might be some conversation, but I don’t believe that statement is true.”
Now, back to Wilson. He seems to fit what Byrne is looking for. Here is a closer look at him:
Current job: Oklahoma offensive coordinator/tight ends/fullbacks coach (since 2006)
• 2002-05: Oklahoma co-offensive coordinator/offensive line coach
• 2001: Northwestern assistant head coach/offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach
• 1999-2000: Northwestern offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach
• 1998: Miami (Ohio) offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach
• 1992-97: Miami (Ohio) offensive coordinator/offensive line coach
• 1990-91: Miami (Ohio) offensive line coach
• 1989: Foard (N.C.) High School head coach/athletics director
• 1988: North Carolina A&T offensive coordinator/offensive line coach
• 1987: Winston Salem State offensive line coach
• 1984-86: North Carolina graduate assistant
Notable: Oklahoma ranks third in nation in total offense, first in scoring offense. … Since 2002, OU has ranked in the top 5 in scoring offense four times. … Since 2002, OU has ranked in the top 20 in total offense four times.
Also, here is my story on ex-MSU coach Sylvester Croom giving interviews. He still hasn’t called me back.