Mississippi State gives Mullen monster extension

Mississippi State deserves a round of applause: They showed loyalty to a man who has shown absolutely no loyalty to them over the last few years….their head coach, Dan Mullen.

In the new deal, Mullen will receive $4.5 million per season for the next four years, starting this season.

Listen, we GET there are good things about Mullen. He started in 2009 and hasn’t left. During his tenure, his record has been nothing short of phenomenal – especially for a poor team, where he’s been bowl eligible for the last seven straight years and gone 5-2 in bowls. He has a 5-3 record in the Egg Bowl against Ole Miss, and took the Cowbellers to phenomenal heights in the 2014 season.

He’s proved to be a bit of a ‘quarterback whisperer’ at the highest level, with Dak Prescott and now Nick Fitzgerald doing great things. Prescott himself has gone on to drop jaws at NFL level, which can’t have done Mullen’s credibility any damage. And his response to press questions about Fitzgerald in the aftermath of the last Ole Miss win was hilarious.

But I’ve got a problem. Where there seems to be a big job on the loose,  Dan Mullen seems to have no loyalty to the Land of Cowbell in the least. He’s been continually rumored for other jobs since taking over in Starkville, and he actually interviewed for the Miami (FL) job in 2015 before it was given to Mark Richt. Florida (2013) and Oregon (2017) were also thoughts. And although Mullen’s said that he’s happy where he is, the hiring of Jimmy Sexton – who is also the agent of a certain Nick Saban, who hasn’t shown any loyalty of his own in the least to programs – in October – doesn’t seem to indicate that.

I just can’t help thinking that the cowbell will toll for Mississippi State in this relationship. Then again, I might be wrong.

Tennessee D-Lineman in assault charge

Tennessee defensive lineman Alexis Johnson was arrested for domestic assault on Wednesday night and has been suspended by the team.

According to The Tennesseean, Johnson was charged with “one count of aggravated assault and one count of false imprisonment after authorities say he attacked a woman he’d been dating”.

The Knoxville News-Sentinel said, quoting a warrant: “The victim, who previously dated Johnson on two occasions, told police she was “play fighting” with him in the living room and the bedroom of his apartment sometime between 3-5 a.m. Sunday when the horseplay turned violent, according to arrest warrants. The episode escalated when the 6-foot-4, 295-pound Johnson placed his hand around the victim’s throat, repeatedly choking her to the point that she could not fight back and felt she was going to pass out, warrants state. A witness said Johnson “appeared to be really punching her,” and that the victim’s lip was “busted.”

The warrant added: “The defendant attempted to repetitively touch and kiss her and she repeatedly stated that she did not want to have sex with him,” the warrants state. “(The) victim attempted to leave the bedroom and said the defendant blocked the door prohibiting her exit. While doing so, the defendant stated, ‘You think I won’t (expletive) you up?

Johnson- a former four-star recruit- hasn’t actually played a down for Tennessee, after spending the last two years in a community college.

 

The SEC to the NFL: Who are the best in their positions?

Now that we’ve got some downtime on the SEC Football Blog, we got thinking about which player made the best transfer from the SEC to the NFL throughout the years. If you’re a Cam Newton fan, then we’re sorry: This is about HISTORY, not in the last 12 months. So chill. Note: Former Florida QBs Wuerffel and Tebow won’t be on the list.

QUARTERBACK

Peyton Manning (Tennessee). He’s beaten every team he’s played in college football and the NFL – apart from one. And that’s Florida. Some people argue for Green Bay’s Bart Starr (Alabama), who was awesome too..and won two Super Bowls (and had two Super Bowl MVPs, too). As for Peyton, he’s blown away touchdown and passing yards records, and he’s won two Super Bowls. If you want to just go for Super Bowls, then his brother Eli (Ole Miss) would be on the list. Joe Namath (Alabama) would bring the beers and guarantee victories.

RUNNING BACK 

Emmitt Smith (Florida). We STILL don’t get why he was only the 17th pick in the NFL Draft, but heck, Dallas got their money’s worth. Not only did he play on three Super Bowl teams alongside Troy Aikman and Michael Irvin, but he’s still got the NFL Career rushing yards record (18, 355) and the career rushing touchdowns record (164).

BACK-UPS: We’re going to let two-time Super Bowl winner Terrell Davis (Georgia), Fred Taylor (Florida) and Jamal Lewis (Tennessee) share rushes behind Smith. Should make for one hell of a practice.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Julio Jones (Alabama). He’s probably the greatest wide receiver in the modern game right now. Hines Ward (Georgia) was a four-time Pro Bowler, had 1000 career receptions and 12,083 yards (23rd all-time in yards – that’s the first SEC WR on the list) and was central to Steelers Super Bowl victories. Expect AJ Green (Georgia), Alshon Jeffrey (South Carolina) and Odell Beckham (LSU) to make a lot of lists if they carry on their current trajectory.

TIGHT END

Kellen Winslow (Missouri) This a bit of steal bearing in mind Winslow was playing at Missouri when Mizzou wasn’t in the SEC, but hey, I don’t care. If you want a REAL SEC player, then Hall of Famers Jason Witten (Tennessee) and Ozzie Newsome (Alabama) makes the list.

O-LINE

 

Philadelphia Eagles tackle Jason Peters (Arkansas) is a Pro Bowl regular. If anyone’s got any ideas of any other tackles, let us know. Michael Oher (Ole Miss) isn’t going to make the list after an up-and-down NFL career, although he’s had a great 2015.

Guard John Hannah (Alabama) was one of the greats, making NINE straight Pro Bowls. If you want good centers, then former Pittsburgh Steelers center Dermontti Dawson (Kentucky) made seven Pro Bowls and went to the Hall of Fame in 2012, and center Frank Gatski (Auburn)- who also fought in a war before going to The Plains – is also a Hall of Famer.

PUNTER / KICKER

Shane Lechler (Texas A&M) has 1,280 career punts, and that’s good for fifth on the all-time list. He’s second on the all-time punts list with 60,746. As for kickers, we’re taking George Blanda (Kentucky), who has the record for extra points made with 943.

KICK RETURNER

Dante Hall (Texas A&M) has one of the greatest names in football – the Human Joystick. Had 426 returns for 10,136 yards in just 8 years. We’ll take him. Patrick Peterson (LSU) will be a fun back-up.

DEFENSE

Defensive End

Two sack machines will play on our team: Reggie White (Tennessee) was God, taking home 198 sacks, second on the all-times sacks list, and Kevin Greene (Auburn) who’s third on the all-time sack list with 160 sacks. We expect to add Von Miller (Texas A&M) to this list soon enough.

Linebacker

We’re using Greene as a defensive end (although he’ll drop back as a linebacker if needed), and we’re also going to bring in the late, great Derrick Thomas (Alabama) to help.

SAFETIES

Hall of Famer Yale Lary (Texas A&M) will lead the way with Johnny Robinson (LSU) – 13th on the All-Time interceptions list with 57 after a tidy career with Dallas and Kansas City – and fellow ballhawk Jimmy Patton (Ole Miss), who had 52 INTs – good for 26th all-time- will make quarterbacks want to throw. Tyrann Mathieu (LSU) will learn from them.

CORNERBACKS 

Playing alongside 12-time Pro Bowler and 15-year NFL veteran Champ Bailey (Georgia) will be Lester Hayes (Texas A&M) was a five-time Pro Bowler and shut-down corner with Oakland.

The sad part about this team is that some of the players – particularly on the defensive side (we see you Reggie White, Derrick Thomas, Jimmy Patton) aren’t with us anymore.