Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Dan Mullen blames Penn State rumors on "rival institutions."

It looks like it's time to dust off the old "the voices in your head don't count as reliable sources" line again. Jackson, MS TV station WAPT reported that “sources close to Mississippi State University’s program have said that football coach Dan Mullen is close to signing a deal to replace Joe Paterno at Penn State.”

Mullen has denied the claims, which he called "irresponsible," and placed the blame for the rumors on unnamed "rival institutions."

 “Yeah I heard about the TV report," Mullen said Tuesday night at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in Jackson. “It’s the most irresponsible reporting that I’ve ever heard of.”

Mullen said he had not been so much as contacted by Penn State “or any other school.”

Mullen, in town for the Conerly Trophy presentation dinner, then took it a step further.

“I blame it on rival institutions trying to ruin our recruiting which we have dominated in this state over the past three years,” Mullen said."

Mullen didn't identify exactly which "rival institutions" he was speaking of. Though schools with a bone to pick with the Mississippi St.  program over recruiting quarterbacks (Auburn), or getting embarrassed by the Bulldogs several years in a row. (Ole Miss) come to mind for some reason. 

Of course it should be noted that Urban Meyer denied talking to Ohio State before he was named Ohio St. head football coach. So take that as you will. Just don't believe every backwoods TV and radio station when they report a story like this.

(via The Clarion-Ledger, WAPT. HT: Mr. SEC)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Backwoods TV? The CAMO channel?