Day 10: Wilson & Mullen in Picture


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)
Age: 47
Previous stops
• 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.


24 Responses to “Day 10: Wilson & Mullen in Picture”

  1. shmuley Says:

    Croom’s agenda is transparent. Talk only to media that don’t know enough to ask legitimate follow-up questions when he starts his pitiful excuse-making parade. I told Veazey, Croom’s crap about a three year free pass should be addressed directly by that sorry, hair-lipped accountant of an AD. One of you gumshoes needs to be over at the Temple of Mediocre asking Templeton to produce the contract giving Croom a three year pass. Force Templeton to address Croom’s claims. Y’all need to do your job.

  2. Says:

    Sounds like we’re not really getting much value from that 3 million dollars we paid him. He says he wants to coach again. With a record like his, and being such a great game time coach and play caller, I’m sure high caliber programs all over the country are beating down his door for an interview. I’m suprised Alabama hasn’t fired Saban and hired Croom. Give me a break.

  3. bamamanreturns Says:

    Tyrone Willingham was at Little Dooey’s yesterday

  4. Jimmy Barbee Says:

    Isaiah 40:5 (KJV) And the glory of the LORD
    shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it
    together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.


    Matthew 1:23. Behold, a virgin shall be with child,
    and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his
    name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, GOD with us.

  5. bantyrooster1 Says:

    Sly Croom is FOS.

  6. Braves Dawg Says:

    Ty must like crappy BBQ.

  7. bigdraws Says:

    Prolly just wrings the bbq out and uses the oil to keep his skin from getting ashy.

  8. msualum01 Says:

    Assuming it’s Wilson or Mullen, does that mean we are going to have to wait till January 9th for an announcement?

  9. tebmsu97 Says:

    I think the real question that needs answering is do we have the talent currently on the team or committed to the team to win next year? I don’t think any of us will know squat about the coach until he is announced, GB has certainly kept his promise of keeping things quiet.

    For what it is worth, I would be happy with either Mullen or Wilson.

  10. desertdog2005 Says:

    Just read yesterday’s blog-hats off to farley and Braves-that was a classical stomping–hillarious guys. Thank you it really cheered me up.

  11. carwwest Says:

    i think mullen or wilson would be fine hires and also sexy enough to keep most of the current class and probably add some specialty athletes because of their respective reputations….

  12. darkcooger Says:

    I agree with shmuley. I really, really want to see the details of Croom’s contract now. If it’s true that he was given a three year pass, then we can carry our gripe to Templeton, too, though I imagine most of us have a gripe with him already. Still…

    Everything going on with Croom the last couple of days has really started to bother me. I feel betrayed. Here we’ve loved this man; considered him like a kind and caring father-figure to our football program; wanted so badly to see him personally succeed; fought amongst ourselves about what needed to be done because we loved him (most of us, anyway) and didn’t want to lose him.

    Now he basically says we’re unforgiving and demanding? He says that the new administration is effectively ignoring commitments made by an earlier administration, like that’s automatically a bad thing. C’mon, you know good and well that any administration has a responsibility to look at the here-and-now and make a decision for the well-being of the program. If they decided that it was best for the program for him to move on, then the only commitment they still had was to drop cash in his lap, which they did.

    I’m going to stop here before I get the Iliad quoted at me. But grr.

  13. darkcooger Says:

    Also, good article Brad. I think all State fans need to be aware of what Croom is saying. He needs to clarify, and it would be nice if Byrne could give us some information as well, though I expect neither. Either Croom is terrible at conveying his thoughts and he’s the great guy we thought or he’s a giant jackass and fooled most of us for five years. I imagine we all want to know which it is.

  14. bedgood Says:

    FYI. There was a plane scheduled to fly from Starkville late last night to Gainsville, then on to Dallas Love Field, getting into Dallas at 11:56 pm. Don’t know if that flight ever happened or not, but it was scheduled. And there are no flights scheduled for Starkville today. Just more for the blogs. This is from FAA monitoring web sites, btw.

  15. bedgood Says:

    FYI. There was a plane scheduled to fly from Starkville late last night to Gainsville, then on to Dallas Love Field, getting into Dallas at 11:56 pm. Don’t know if that flight ever happened or not, but it was scheduled. And there are no flights scheduled for Starkville today. Just more for the blogs. This is from FAA monitoring web sites, btw.

  16. Braves Dawg Says:

    Bianco scheduled a short flight this morning with a transfer to a submersable. it was a quick one way trip. will likely return this afternoon or first thing in the morning depending on whats on the menu for the remainder of the day.

  17. carwwest Says:

    just for those who care….pernell mcphee now has georgia at the top of his list…i actually think we are 3rd now behind UGA and michigan….we need to get a coach….

  18. RoastBeef1 Says:

    Pernell McPhee would be a huge loss but while you need a coach, you don’t rush the process. Get the right guy who will bring wins. Rather have better recruiting classes in the years to come because of W’s than a great one now and decent ones the rest of the way.

  19. bedgood Says:

    The Meridian quarterback, Russel, is visiting South Carolina either this month or in January. Spurrier has told him that he is signing one quarterback and he wants it to be him. Ironically McCorvey tipped Steve off to this kid. We need a coach by the first bowl game at the latest.

  20. The Prez Says:

    bamamanreturns was at Lane Bryant yesterday

  21. interface7 Says:

    Has anyone heard that Mark Hudspeth from the University of North Alabama might be in the running for the MSU Head Football Coach position?

  22. Braves Dawg Says:

    yes and jackie was seen woking a birthday party in west point over the weekend. complete with red nose. can you deal with that?

  23. bantyrooster1 Says:

    Did anyone besides myself feel Croom pointing a finger at us (message board posters) over his firing? I AM POWER, HEAR ME TYPE!

  24. brandonparker Says:

    I agree with most of thmments on Croom. He sounds like a whiney baby complaining like that. He was given five years, and he made 0 improvement. Our program is in just as bad of shape as when Jackie left it. Everybody who takes up for croom is just being too nice. I agree he is a damn good man. Good men don’t always produce good coaches. Hell, Saban is an ass. Anyway, players shooting on campus, Pegues basically giving up when we need a leader. What did Croom do? I’ll tell ya… He got lucky as hell and beat Auburn, Bama, and Ole Miss last year. Too many people got overexcited about the 7 wins. He will not succeed anywhere as a head coach. Too hardheaded. Way too hardheaded. Now, about the new coach. We have hired a coach, and plan to announce it this afternoon. But, all of us die-hards need to keep in mind that this was our 3rd or 4th choice. I’m willing to bet if Croom didn’t screw our program up so bad, Petersen would be on campus after the bowl game. With all that said, I have a question for most everybody on this page….If you are such dedicated die-hard fans, why do you do all your complaining behind a fake screen name. I think your arguments and thoughts are stomped in the ground as soon as you become too scared to post your real name. Grow some cojonas and let the public know what the real “you” thinks.

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