Dan Mullen Would Be a Worthy Successor To Randy Shannon at Miami

Nathan DealCorrespondent INovember 28, 2010

STARKVILLE, MS - OCTOBER 24:  Head coach Dan Mullen of the Mississippi State Bulldogs, during pre game warm up against the Florida Gators, at Davis Wade Stadium on  October 24, 2009 in Starkville, Mississippi  (Photo by Rick Dole/Getty Images)
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It has become widespread news that Randy Shannon has been fired as the Miami (Fla.) football coach. While the team will have an interim coach for the bowl game (unless Miami turns down the offer like Notre Dame did last season), the Hurricanes should be looking around for a new coach.

While there have been no rumors come out about this possibility, people like Tim Brando thought of the perfect candidate for the position: Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen.

This looks like a perfect fit. There are several reasons why this would be a good move:


Miami is a more prestigious job

No offense to Mississippi State University, but Miami's football history trumps Mississippi State's. While the 'Canes were never relevant before the 1980s, they won the 1983 national championship and have since won four more. It was as recent as 2001 when Miami won a national championship. That 2001 team is probably the best individual team to win a national title in the BCS era. Miami is a better job than Mississippi State.


He can get away from the Cam Newton controversy

As more and more details emerge, the more it appears the hammer of the NCAA could potentially come down on Mississippi State. Auburn and Cam Newton are not under investigation, but Mississippi State is. Mullen might think about leaving to get out from under the dark cloud of the situation and potentially leave before the program is punished, a la Pete Carroll.


He can recruit in Florida

Mullen was a big part of Florida's success from 2005 to 2008 as the offensive coordinator. The Gators went 43-8 while he was there, including a 22-5 record with some guy named Tim Tebow as QB. People in the Sunshine State are familiar with this guy. Besides, Miami probably wouldn't have to wait long to become better than the Gators...Mullen's Bulldogs beat Florida this season in the Swamp.


He could work magic with the talent at Miami

In his first season, Mullen went 5-7 with Sylvester Croom's recruits. They were about seven combined plays away from possibly being 10-2! Miami hasn't had a problem recruiting; rather the problem has been coaching. Randy Shannon didn't get it done, hence the firing.

Dan Mullen has the opportunity of his career upcoming. Will he hop from Starkvegas to the South Florida beaches? Time will tell.