If you believe what you read online Dan Mullen would’ve left Mississippi State several years ago. However, despite being linked to numerous coaching jobs around the country he has opted to stay in Starkville. Last month Mullen was linked to the Oregon job that was recently filled by Willie Taggart of South Florida. Now there are reports that the school is working on an extension for Coach Mullen.
Friday Mullen reiterated to reporters his commitment to Mississippi State.
“I love being here,” said Mullen. “We built this program and when you get a chance to build a program the way you want to build it, whether it be with the facility or the personnel, it is a good thing. My kids were born here, it is all they know. I don’t know what my son would do. He loves it here. It is all my family knows. I love being here and they do too, and I think the coaches love being here also.”
Two years ago Mullen got the Bulldogs to #1 in the country for the first time in school history. Ultimately Mississippi State lost to Alabama and Ole Miss then fell to Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl and finished with a 10-3 record.
If Mullen was going to jump last year would’ve been the perfect time. Dak Prescott had graduated and 2016 looked to be a rebuilding year. Despite being linked to the Miami and Georgia jobs he stayed at Mississippi State and found a way to get a 5-7 team into a bowl game. The Bulldogs will play Miami (Ohio) in the St. Petersburg Bowl on Dec. 26.
Despite losing numerous seniors on both sides of the ball if QB Nick Fitzgerald can continue to improve and use the bowl practice wisely 2017 could be a breakout year for him and the Bulldogs offense. Mississippi State still will have to face stiff competition in the SEC West. But if they win all of their non-conference games against Charleston Southern, Louisiana Tech, UMass and BYU at home and win at least two in SEC-play the Bulldogs will go bowling again in 2017.