Don’t need no stinking limo: Miss. St. coach takes Auburn to task

By DARRYL MAXIE / dmaxie@ajc.com

Harrumph!

That’s the shorter version of what Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen said Monday when Auburn and flash-the-rented-limousines approach became the topic of discussion.

“We don’t need to make national headlines to recruit,” Mullen said in Kevin Scarbinsky’s blog for the Birmingham News. “Taking our budget, instead of buying fancy limos, we’re gonna maybe get more sneakers for our players.”

Mullen made the comments at the Vestavia Country Club while touring Bulldog clubs.

“I want to get more gear and more good things for our players instead of having coaches drive around in style all the time,” Mullen added. “I’m more into getting stuff for the players than getting stuff for the coaches.”

Mullen, who has otherwise kept relatively quiet, also weighed in on one coach who left Florida talking about another coach possibly leaving Florida. As many of you are aware, Florida’s current man in charge, Urban Meyer, squashed Steve Spurrier’s notion about leaving the Gators for Notre Dame. Mullen couldn’t see Meyer leaving.

“I can’t imagine he would,” Mullen said. “He has a pretty good thing rolling, and they have a pretty good recruiting area that they have a strong grip on within their state.”

26 comments Add your comment

GeoffDawg

May 19th, 2009
8:54 am

No Auburn fan here but I don’t think the coaches are riding around in limos “all the time”. I applaud Chizik and his staff for trying to think outside the box even though IMO, they’re going to be fighting a losing battle in Alabama for at least a few years.

Chris Broe

May 19th, 2009
9:47 am

Tis a good thing Coach Mullens aint the Governor. Think of all the stimulus money he’d refuse. Why, the cheerleaders wouldn’t have nothing to wear. What am I saying? Elect Coach Mullens for Governor!!

GeoffDawg

May 19th, 2009
10:15 am

Who needs them fancy cheerleading skirts anyway? In my day, the cheerleaders wore full length church dresses. That’s the way it was and we liked it!

Chris

May 19th, 2009
10:34 am

I am an Auburn fan and I agree with GeoffDawg they(Auburn coaches)were thinking outside the box. Trying to find a way to impress 16,17,18 year olds has become increasingly difficult. Other coaches must not have much to do if they are so vocal or they are upset that they didn’t think of it themselves.

SecIsFootball

May 19th, 2009
11:04 am

Thinking outside the box? They basically took an idea that Taylor used while at Oklahoma State and used it in Alabama. As for the limo itself, if that impresses a kid enough for him to committ to AU, you can have him. However, I would guess kids would be more impressed with what a team does on the field but if I was AU, I would really hope they like the limos more!!

NastyNate

May 19th, 2009
11:20 am

Who cares about MSU. This guy will be fired in 3-4 years to never be heard from again.

Sabear takes care of you ;o)

May 19th, 2009
11:40 am

What no one has brought up is what else are 7 200-250 pound men going to fit into? Should they have rented three SUVs?

JFKDawg

May 19th, 2009
12:28 pm

Auburn probably spends less on their limos than Orgeron does on the Brazilian waxes.

SecIsFootball

May 19th, 2009
1:23 pm

JFKDawg….Uncalled for. That just brings a nasty image!

kage

May 19th, 2009
2:06 pm

“As for the limo itself, if that impresses a kid enough for him to committ to AU, you can have him.”

I love when people say that. So, and this is hypothetical, if the limo tour got commits from some of the best players in the country, you’d say – awwww, I didn’t want them anyway – ?

That’s such a crock. Once again, the coaches were looking to a. bring attention to the fact the new staff is going to recruit hard in-state, which it did, b. have a way for all the coaches to visit the high schools at the same time and create relationships with the coaches and admin, which they did and c. catch the eye of these kids at the same time, which it did.

Another thing – they weren’t going out looking to get as many commitments as they could in those 4 days just because of a limo. If someone they wanted did commit because of that, great, but the real purpose of the limo tour was those three things above, and all of them happened.

And when you say that, it’s as if they go to the school in a limo and then just stop recruiting the kid altogether, hoping the limo won them over. That’s not going to happen either. It was to catch their eye. Once that happened then the recruiting starts, which takes time. I just love the idea of some people that can’t get inside an 18 year olds head and instantly write them off because they’d be impressed by a limo. If I was back in high school at 17 or 18 and 7 coaches from a major SEC school showed up at my high school in a limo because of me, you better believe I’d be impressed.

SEC

May 19th, 2009
2:48 pm

I wonder how much more it costs to send out 1 limo instead of sending out 7 different cars with 1 coach a piece. It’s all about the carpooling. Not to mention the Limo was probably donated to the coaches. SEC coaches dont have to pay for anything…unless you coach at Miss St.

obomaisaclown

May 19th, 2009
4:09 pm

Presidebt Oboma will soon be outlawing the use of limo’s and will make them use bicycles ! Can you say big government control.

Zach

May 19th, 2009
5:34 pm

I love how people can bring an ignorant political comment into a discussion about football. I just graduated from Auburn University two weeks ago and the fact that our coaches are using a limo has been a big hit on campus. With the wealth of talented players coming out of the southeast I think that our coaching staff is doing a good job of trying to come up with new ideas about recruiting. I can tell you one of the main reasons why the coaches are using limos to visit recruits it to show a sense of family and school spirit.

JFKDawg

May 19th, 2009
6:20 pm

Unless you improve on a 2-6 conference record, you might as well drive around town in a Hearst. Not sure how limos correlate to a sense of family or school spirit but then again, I’m not from AL.

jacket-dawg

May 19th, 2009
6:37 pm

Hey ‘obamaisclown, what did you think of G HW Bush? Did you think he wa a clown? By saying Obam is a clown, you actually expose yourself to be an “ID 10 T”.

TideRules

May 19th, 2009
9:35 pm

A cow college like Auburn, driving coaches and players around in expensive limos, when the university is broke and they can’t afford to hire decent professors?? Are you serious? What a joke! Chizik’s a bigger idiot than I thought. Why does Bobby lowder, who runs the university, let chizik waste money like that???

WDEDAD

May 19th, 2009
9:38 pm

It is refreshing to see all the sensible comments here in response to Mullen’s off base comments. He sounds jealous of the limo idea. AU is out to get some positive press and recuiting going and it is obviously working. And Mullen, they didn’t “buy” the limos. In fact, probably saved recuiting dollars per person with all 7 coaches riding together. Plus with all the new coaches at AU, they used the time to get to know each other better as well. If you can’t appreciate that, you need to give it up.
War Eagle!

WDEDAD

May 19th, 2009
9:40 pm

I spoke too soon. a bammer comment puts their fan base in proper perspective, again.

Paddy

May 19th, 2009
10:16 pm

GeoffDawg…I went to an all male HS and our cheerleaders wore Sunday church dresses also. And here I thought I was the only one who liked that. Hooray for the good ole days. When men were men and men wore dresses to cheer.By the way the HS was named Chaminade.

bank walker

May 19th, 2009
11:06 pm

Who gives 2 sh*ts if Auburn is riding around in a limo? Why would Mullen care? Is he mad that all he received for a welcoming gift was a shiny new cow bell?

SecIsFootball

May 19th, 2009
11:07 pm

WDEDAD…..”get some positive press and recuiting going and it is obviously working.” Funny…since the Tiger Prowl, the commit record for guys that AU visitied….

BAMA 1 (Craig Sanders committed today)
AU 0

I would not get your hopes up about your recruiting success in the state of AL as long as Saban is at UA.

As for Dan Mullen, who would have ever thought that MSU would have a better HC hire than AU??

SecIsFootball

May 19th, 2009
11:09 pm

bank walker…..who said Mullen was mad. All he said was he would not resort to gimmick to attract recruits and he will leave that to Chizik and the AU staff.

gk

May 21st, 2009
5:01 pm

The new coaches at Auburn are recruiting very well so far…the #1 and #2 RB’s in the country both have AU and their top school so far.

I personally think its stupid for grown adults (Im not one) to sit around and discuss whether or not a recruiting technique works or not when signing day is in February of 2010…

tiger7_88

May 23rd, 2009
8:46 pm

At Auburn, Georgia, Florida, LSU, Tennessee, and bammer, I have no doubt that they have enough money in their budget for recruiting that it doesn’t at all impact their budget for player equipment. I find it really sad that at Mississippi State, Mullen can’t afford to provide his players nice equipment AND have a recruiting budget that can afford extras.

But I guess we shouldn’t be surprised… it is Mississippi State after all.

slalom1

May 26th, 2009
5:24 pm

TideRules, Funny thing is that like you most “Roll Tide” fans not only did not attend the University of Alabama, but did not graduate from ANY college. Am I wrong? You are most likely a “good ole Alabama boy” who was raised to worship “The Bear”. I thought quite highly of “the bear” also. But getting back to your praise of Alabama, (or Aladambama) as many of my redneck friends say, if you ever really got to know the graduates of Alabama, they would make you feel like a Hebrew slave. Alabama grads have nothing in common with you other than the fact that one may end up being your employer while you are inbetween jobs. Before you refer to Auburn as a “cow school”, take a good look at your own life. Besides, what do you have against cows? I am sure that have dated some.

slalom1

May 26th, 2009
5:27 pm

LOL, Last sentence should have read: “I am sure you have dated some”.