....to succeed Kelly (and I do), the timing is perfect. Why fire Kelly now? It would be a pre-Christmas PR nightmare, require an interim coach, would be a distraction to the team, and would have been unfair to Mullen had word leaked out prior to the Orange Bowl.
Fire Kelly on December 31st after LSU beats us by four touchdowns. Perfectly acceptable after a 7-6 season in year five. Hire Mullen on January 3rd after he wins the Orange Bowl.
And if you don't like Mullen, insert the name of a high profile coach or under-the- radar assistant preparing for his last game in college. The timing still works. Not saying it will happen, but the timing is well within the realm of possibility.