If you ask fans how many games they want their rival to win, a lot would say, “I want them to lose every game”, and that’s putting it in a g-rated version! This isn’t my opinion however, when it comes to my Rebels and their rival Mississippi State.
Let’s face it, Mississippi State Coach Dan Mullen isn’t building a powerhouse at State. Mullen, in my opinion, is a mediocre coach that can win 5 to 7 games a year, with the right schedule. Mullen hasn’t shown he is a great recruiter either, but I do believe he is above average in player development.
All of this leads to a MSU team (and coach) that Ole Miss should beat every year.
Is that “homerish” of me to say? Let’s look at this from another perspective.
Just over a year and half ago, Ole Miss was coming off a disaster of a 2-10 season under Houston Nutt. One thing is for sure, Danny-boy was in Houston Nutt’s head, to say the least. Thankfully, Nutt is gone because there is no telling where the Rebel program would be after another year with Nutt.
I know you State fans got big kicks out of the disaster under Nutt. Well, look at it this way my bully friends, if you had the choice, wouldn’t you change Ole Miss’ 2011 season?
If you bullies are smart you would change a few things. It would be better for MSU fans if Ole Miss had won an SEC game or two and extended Nutt’s career. I mean, it’s obvious Nutt wasn’t beating Mullen anytime soon. (OR EVER)
If the Nutt Era continued, Mullen would still be considered a God in the eyes of the Mississippi State faithful.
He probably would have won his 4th Egg bowl and 2nd nine win season and would be in total control of the state.
(I don’t know how the Rebel faithful could endure a four-peat. I for one don’t want to think about that.)
Now, with the upcoming season approaching, it would serve Ole Miss well for State to finish with six wins and lose the Egg Bowl. This scenario would do a lot for the future of Ole Miss if the Rebels got a win over another bowl bound team and it would help build more momentum in recruiting.
More importantly this keeps Dan Mullen around another year with no momentum. I would call the program at a stalemate at that point maybe a decline.
Many Rebels would love to see Mullen get kicked out the door. I personally don’t think that’s the best scenario for Ole Miss.
Mississippi State athletic director Scott Stricklin is a really smart guy who does his job extremely well, and I have no doubt he would make a really good hire if Mullen doesn’t pan out at Mississippi State.
There are alot of good young coaches that would jump at the chance to coach at State in the SEC. With the new SEC TV deals in place and a chance to coach in the nation’s premiere conference – the Bulldogs have a lot to offer.
A new coach also, breaths new energy and new life into a program. This is not what a Rebel should want. So, Rebel fans, have I changed your mind?