You know, this post got me thinking, and I'm inclined to believe that it is much more apropos and pure genius than you intended it to be.
Let me explain:
We all know mullen has struggled in crootin kids out of high school. He has improved no doubt but still struggles to land the big fish that the top tier crooters are after. We always seem to finish a close 2nd or distant 3rd. Now, the issue behind our 2nd place luck has been discussed a little bit here and focuses on the narrative that mullen doesn't do the kiss ass, tell the kid everything they want to hear, make empty promises, and blow sunshine up their ass approach that guys like kirby are known for. The rub is he's pretty honest and frank with them, tells them the truth about their abilities, what UF has to offer from an athletic as well as academic standpoint, and let's them know how much they play and their level of success is largely based on them and how willing they are to put in the work. He tells them the truth in a nice but matter of fact way.
Contrast this to guys with the snake oil salesman approach like kirby who seem to hemorrhage top talent yearly with the consistent narrative being that they weren't told the truth, were jerked around, sold a bill of goods, etc. After having smoke blown up your butt, reading your own preseason press clippings coming out of HS, then not getting the attention and playing time you were led to believe would happen, along with a heavy dose of brutal reality from the same pricks that were blowing you 6 months prior, it stands to reason that if you then decide to look for a new spot, you probably want to go play for someone that is, and in many cases, was honest and frank with you about things. Enter Mullen.
His approach may not be the best to snag the top tier talent high schoolers desperate to have their egos stroked and all, but after a hefty dose of adult reality, his approach may be what a lot of the kids look back on and say, "man, i should have listened to that guy." Now with the portal there is the opportunity for a do over and some talented kids have taken advantage of it, to ours and Dan's favor.
I could be completely wrong, but it makes sense to me.
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In all seriousness Law donkey and ltraz needs a thread strictly for them to post how much Mullen sucks. It'd be nice to be able to check the recruiting threads and actually be able to get recruiting updates without having to read through 20 fcking pages of you two challenging everyone to a sideways offense dick contest. Why don't we keep that argument in one of the other 30 threads that have evolved into that category and leave the recruiting updates to recruiting updates.
The other argument from some of us then was that we shouldn't just load up on fillers to help rankings. The fact that we not only have room for a large class this year, but also have been able to take guys like Shuler, Grimes, Jefferson, Greenard, Lingard, and possibly more this year, says that was absolutely the right move at that time.
No one then, or now, is saying we can't improve the recruiting front. But I'm not sure why some are acting as if we're not getting any "good guys" right now, or haven't in the last few classes.
Side note, as much as I dislike Lsu, it was nice to see a WH visit go down without some political nonsense. Pains me to say it, but Burrow may be the best representative of a cfb team since Tebow. His quote was dead on. And you could see Ed O wasn’t taking any bs either. Good for them.
Also like that I can’t see the bottom Mullen’s pants in that pic. I know they’re dreadfully long, but I’m pretending they aren’t.
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