MSU's Mullen receives contract extension
Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen might have a little bigger smile on his face than usual when the Bulldogs open up spring football practice later this week.
MSU announced on Monday that the school has signed Mullen to a four-year contract extension that runs through February 2021.
“Dan has brought unprecedented success to Bulldog football and is one of the elite coaches in the country,” Mississippi State director of athletics John Cohen said. “From a school-record seven-straight bowl games to our performance in the classroom, he continues to raise the standard of excellence.”
Mullen will make $4.5 million in the first season of his new deal in 2017. Future financial figures were not disclosed.
Mullen will begin his ninth season at Mississippi State this year. He owns the highest winning percentage (.692) at MSU of anyone that has coached three or more seasons since Allyn McKeen compiled a .764 mark from 1939-49. With 61 total wins in his career, Mullen also stands just 12 wins away from tying Jackie Sherrill’s record for most wins by a coach in MSU history.
With his new contract signed, it appears Mullen will have the time to continue his climb up the school record books.
“I am very thankful to the university and athletic administration for their belief in me,” Mullen said. “We have built a special program over the last eight years, creating a culture where winning is expected while achieving that in the toughest division in college football. I am proud of what we have accomplished and I am truly excited about the direction we are heading as a program. This extension allows my family a long-term future here in Starkville, a place we are proud to call home.”
Mullen currently stands as the second-longest tenured head coach in the Southeastern Conference. Only Alabama’s Nick Saban has been at his current job longer.
Since taking over at MSU, Mullen led the Bulldogs to their first-ever No. 1 ranking in 2014 and has won nine or more games in a season three times. Prior to Mullen’s arrival at MSU, the Bulldogs had won nine or more games only four times in the previous 109 years.
Mullen has guided Mississippi State to more bowl game wins (five) and bowl appearances (seven) than any other coach in school history. Mullen’s quest to lead the Bulldogs to an eighth-straight bowl game starts Thursday when spring practice opens at the Leo Seal Jr. Football Complex.