According to AggieYell.com — the Rivals site covering Texas A&M — in addition to the names Larry Fedora, Charlie Strong and Kevin Sumlin that have been kicked around, “there have been a number of surprising candidates that have expressed interest” in the Aggies’ head coaching job:
“Two of them are current Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen and Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney. Mullen was rumored to be a candidate for the Penn State coaching position.”
The site — behind a paywall, so you’ll need to subscribe — spends more time discussing Swinney than Mullen. No surprise, Swinney played for Gene Stallings at Alabama and Stallings still has influence in College Station. Also, Swinney just won the ACC and is heading to a BCS bowl while Mullen is 6-6 and heading to the Music City Bowl.
Mullen will deny any contact with A&M shortly — start your clocks — but with his name popping up in connection with every job in America the last two years, it’s clear that his agent is pushing his client’s name anywhere and everywhere. If a school has interest, then Mullen can decide to follow up on it or not. If a school doesn’t have interest or if Mullen doesn’t want the job, then he can deny any contact.
All the while, the brand “Dan Mullen” is being connected to Miami, Penn State and Texas A&M when, in reality, his resume doesn’t yet demand that type of fawning from athletic directors.
And if Mullen does wind up in East Texas? Well, then A&M will have its first blood feud with a member of its new conference.