Dan Mullen: 'I'm going to be here as long as they want me'
Dan Mullen has taken Mississippi State to unprecedented heights. AP No. 1 ranking. Six straight bowl appearances. One of just three 10-win seasons in school history.
The only bad thing about that is Mullen has become quite the attractive candidate for head coaching vacancies across the country as a result of that success.
Mullen told the Daily Journal’s Logan Lowery that he’s happy in Starkville.
“Trust me in this, I love being the head coach at Mississippi State,” Mullen said. “Both my kids were born here in Starkville and I have no intention of ever leaving. But it’s not really my decision whether or not I leave. It’s much more (the fans), the president and the athletic director’s. I’m going to be here as long as they want me to be the head coach at Mississippi State.”
If he’s true to his word, Mullen is poised to become the school’s winningest coach in a matter of two to three years as he’s only 20 wins shy of surpassing Jackie Sherrill’s 74. However, Sherrill needed 13 seasons to collect his total while Mullen has only been at MSU for seven.
In a way, Mullen welcomes the rumor mill that surrounds him every offseason. That’s because that means eyes are on StarkVegas.
“It’s really an honor when all of that stuff comes out,” Mullen said. “It’s an honor because people all around America are looking at what’s going on in Starkville, Miss., and saying that’s what we want.”