Joe Biddle: Sunday Notes: Nov. 3, 2013

Random ruminations while wondering whatever happened to Daryl Dickey…

• Dan Mullen has a difficult job at Mississippi State. The fifth-year head coach is in the SEC's Western Division and has to knock heads every season with Alabama. LSU, Auburn, in-state rival Ole Miss, Arkansas and now Texas A&M, a nationally ranked team with defending Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.

Mullen was named coach in 2009 and had a 5-7 record. His next three teams played in post-season bowl games. Mullen became a hot name when there were coaching vacancies, but the former Florida offensive coordinator stayed put.

He was 9-4 in 2010 and beat Michigan in the Gator Bowl. The next season he dropped to 6-6, but beat Wake Forest in the Music City Bowl. In 2012, the Bulldogs were 8-5, losing in the Gator Bowl.

After Saturday's 34-16 loss to South Carolina, State is 4-4 overall. Their last four games are at Texas A&M, Alabama at home, at Arkansas and home against Ole Miss. Mullen is 3-1 in the annual Egg Bowl and don't discount how important that series is to Bulldog fans.

They will be heavy underdogs against the Aggies and Crimson Tide and would have to beat Arkansas and Ole Miss to keep the bowl streak alive.

Ole Miss is a team on the rise under Hugh Freeze and Mullen's name doesn't come up like it did when other schools are looking for a head coach.

• Vanderbilt's record-breaking wide receiver Jordan Matthews is included in the current Sports Illustrated's Pop Culture Grid.

Matthews' answers: Favorite Halloween candy – Reese's cups. I'm with him on that.

My coach should dress as Red Ranger for Halloween.

Jason, Freddie or Michael Myers? Jason.

Star I'd like to dance with? Rihanna (Glad he didn't say Miley Cyrus).

Favorite commercial? Nike: Kevin Durant/Dwyane Wade nightmare.

I'd like to get into the Octogon with … Every SEC defensive back.

• This was a big recruiting weekend for Florida State, as they played undefeated Miami and had a ton of ESPN Top 300 recruits on official visits.

One was Station Camp wide receiver Josh Malone, ranked No. 1 in the state at his position. Malone made a big jump in the latest ESPN recruiting rankings, going from No. 99 to now listed as the No. 48 player in the country. The 6-2, 191-pound player is a 4-star recruit, who is keeping an open mind on his college choice. He has offers from all the big football schools.

• ESPN Recruiting Nation also updated its team rankings to this point. Tennessee dropped to No. 4, with Florida State going to No. 2 and Miami to No. 3. Of course, Alabama retained No. 1.

No. 5 is Georgia, Texas A&M is No. 6 and Florida grabbed the No. 10 spot. LSU gave the SEC five teams in the top 11. Vanderbilt was ranked No. 27.

• Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon have been connected for years, first as Washington Post sports columnists, and currently on ESPN.

So it comes as no surprise that for Halloween, Wilbon dressed up as Tiger Woods, complete with a squirrel sitting on his shoulder. Naturally, Kornheiser chose to be Woods' gal pal Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn.

TK featured a long blonde wig, with ski goggles on his forehead and an American Flag on his, uh, her ski bib.

The giveaway that it wasn't Lindsey was Mr. Tony's mustache and splotchy goatee.

• When 11-year-old David Pehl's parents gave him an Aaron Rodgers' Packers jersey for Christmas, 2010, they never thought he would rarely take it off.

Pehl has surpassed the 1,000 straight days he has worn the jersey to school, to church, anywhere he goes.

“Hopefully, it gets washed frequently,'' Rodgers said when informed of Pehl's affinity for the jersey. “That's important.''

The funny thing about Pehl's Packers jersey is that both his parents are huge Vikings fans.

In 2008, a Connecticut young boy wore former Packers QB Brett Favre's jersey for 1,581 consecutive days.

• Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee has resigned from his position with Golf Magazine, effective at the end of this year.

Chamblee was widely criticized when he gave Tiger Woods an “F'' for this season, claiming that Woods was “a little cavalier with the rules.''

It went viral and Woods' manager/agent Mark Steinberg called for Chamblee to be fired by the Golf Channel.

Since then, Steinberg said he and Woods have moved forward and will no longer discuss the situation.

Chamblee has offered an apology, saying he went too far in his accusations. Chamblee said cheating involves intent and he had no way of knowing what Woods' intent was when he was penalized on four occasions this year for rules violations.

• The Jaguars can't win for losing, and they have lost them all to this point in the season.

Their trip across the pond to play the 49ers in London last week was a lose-lose situation. Not only did they lose the game, 42-10, there is a story circulating that some players got roughed up by some locals while they were out on the town.

To add insult to injury, the flag crew that performed before the game had a little trouble. They went up and down the field with the flags spelling out, “Go Jaguars.''

Nothing like a dyslexic flag crew to make you feel at home.

• After they returned home, the Jaguars saw wide receiver Justin Blackmon suspended indefinitely for violating the NFL substance abuse policy.

Blackmon had been suspended the first four games this season for two previous DUI charges. The fifth overall player taken in the 2012 NFL draft, Blackmon has not lived up to expectations.

He must apply to be reinstated prior to next season.

• Florida State made a statement in its romp over previously undefeated Miami (Fla). It's a complete team, led offensively by a redshirt freshman Jameis Winston at quarterback.

He has come out of nowhere to be front and center in the Heisman Trophy conversation.

Playing a big role in the Seminoles' undefeated season is former Brentwood Academy star Jalen Ramsey, from Smyrna. He has started since the first game at strong safety. He is fifth on the team with 29 tackles, 21 of them solo. He has a quarterback sack and an interception with a return of 31 yards.

Ramsey's father is an officer with the Metro Fire Department.

• FSU has been jockeying back and forth with Oregon for the No. 2 spot behind No. 1 Alabama.

The rest of the schedule favors Oregon, provided it wins out. The Ducks have No. 5 Stanford, a 4-4 Utah, a 6-2 Arizona team and a 6-3 Oregon State team.

Florida State has four games left. Wake Forest is 4-5. Syracuse is 4-4. Idaho is 1-8 and the final game will be at Florida, which is 4-4.

• Missouri's wide receivers made it look too easy against Tennessee's shoddy secondary. At least two of their touchdowns didn't show a Vols defender in the zip code.

Butch Jones has to stay patient and concentrate on landing a top 5 recruiting class. Great players make great coaches.

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