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Mullen to interview with Penn State? Coach says ‘no’

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Earlier this week, Dan Mullen was livid over reports that connected him to the Penn State opening, particularly one that had him on the verge of accepting the position.

How livid was/is Mullen? So much so that, in an attempt to stick it the rumormongers, he will reportedly interview for the position in the very near future.  Or not.  One of the two.

The website is reporting that the current Mississippi State head coach will interview with the Nittany Lions for their coaching job on Monday.  That interview, if the report is accurate, would take place exactly a week after a search committee was officially formed by the university to aid in finding a replacement for Joe Paterno, who was “officially” fired today after being publicly canned three weeks ago.

Alas, this latest report may be closer to being not right than accurate.

When reached by phone by Brandon Marcello of the Jackson Clarion-Ledger, Mullen gave a very black-and-white, no-gray-area response when asked if he was interviewing for the Penn State job Monday.

“No,” the coach told Marcello.

Mullen went even further in his conversation with Marcello, categorically denying to the Clarion-Ledger writer that he or anyone connected to him have spoken to PSU officials about their vacancy.

“Amidst all of these reports, neither myself, my agent or the administration at Mississippi State University has been contacted by anybody at Penn State. I’m very happy of the direction the Mississippi State program is going in right now.”

So, unless Mullen is a graduate of the Saban School of Denials — what, like I wasn’t going to go there? — you can, at least for now, scratch the MSU coach off the list of potential coaching candidates for the Nittany Lions.  Probably.  Maybe.

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12 Responses to “Mullen to interview with Penn State? Coach says ‘no’”
  1. goblue714 says: Dec 2, 2011 5:20 PM

    Can you say urban meyer school of denial?

  2. deltamyhome says: Dec 2, 2011 5:29 PM

    Why would Penn State be interested in Mullen?
    I believe him when he said he had not been contacted by Penn state.

  3. alligatorsnapper says: Dec 2, 2011 5:32 PM

    And Mullen has exceeded expectations in Starkville?

    The best line I have read in awhile: “So, unless Mullen is a graduate of the Saban School of Denials…”

    Mullen must see (and hear) the discontent with his program this year and that the handwriting is on the wall. With the resurgence of Vanderbilt this season, pressure from alums, boosters, and even administrations of SEC programs which have floundered this year and last are building. Perennial programs in the SEC that have fallen in the past years may also be feeling the pressure of two new SEC member schools–A&M and Missouri coming on for next season.

  4. BrownsTown says: Dec 2, 2011 5:57 PM


    Since PSU may be courting a coach behind his current employer’s back, I believe this would be the Michigan School of Poaching.

    You might be asking to which case of attempted poaching does this apply (and I can understand the question since they’ve been doing it so much the past few years). Well, any of them. Take your pick.

  5. Deb says: Dec 2, 2011 6:05 PM

    Or you the the Les Miles School of Denials …

    Gosh, I love YouTube. Just keeps everybody honest whether they like it or not 😉

  6. Deb says: Dec 2, 2011 6:06 PM


  7. rtw1 says: Dec 2, 2011 7:49 PM

    I am thinking perhaps PSU will contact Jim Tressel if they haven’t done so already.

  8. unclemoobaa1911 says: Dec 2, 2011 9:06 PM

    Chris Petersen will be the new coach at PSU.

  9. cfbfaninbadnfltown says: Dec 3, 2011 2:09 AM

    @ Deb

    I don’t know anything about Mullen other than that blow out win over Michigan last year. Is he any good at being a head coach?

    I still think getting Tony Dungy would be great for the program, but not a long term solution. Like I said, before a former NFL coach might work here, but I wouldn’t bet the program on it right. By the way on the other message board you forgot Pete Carroll didn’t just fail in New England he also washed out of the Jets too.

  10. eclectrician says: Dec 3, 2011 10:01 AM


    “Chris Petersen will be the new coach at -”

    Florida Gators – scratch
    Mississippi State – scratch
    UCLA (the first offer) – scratch
    UCLA (the second offer) – scratch
    Tennessee – scratch
    USC – scratch

    Penn State? Done deal!! LOL

  11. Deb says: Dec 3, 2011 12:32 PM

    @cfbfaninbadnfltown …

    I completely forgot about the Jets! My goodness … they’ve been doing this Parcells, Belichick coach-trading dance for a long time, haven’t they?

    Yes, I still think Dungy would be a nice solution. But they won’t get him. However … they should talk to him. Mike Tomlin was a Dungy protege. If they’re looking for someone with those type values from the NFL, Tony could provide some names. I don’t understand why Peterson’s name keeps popping up since he just turned down $4 mil from UCLA. He’s been at Boise 11 years, and they’re expanding his stadium. Plus, he really does not coach Big 10-style football. Just don’t see that as a match. Personally, I think they’d be nuts to hire Mullen. That makes no sense to me at all. They need to give this thing some time and consideration.

  12. gershonpsu says: Dec 3, 2011 12:38 PM

    Penn state can’t do better than Tom Bradley. The sooner the suits realize that, the better.

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