Dan Mullen to the NFL? It may not be a far-fetched idea.
The Mississippi State coach’s name was featured prominently in a Wednesday edition of Sports Illustrated’s Peter King’s MMQB.
When discussing college football coaches who could be candidates to fill upcoming NFL coaching vacancies, Mullen was the first name written by King:
Keep these names in mind for the unsung college guys who just might come out of nowhere: Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen, who is popular in the eyes of some in the NFL for his development of Dak Prescott and is well-liked by NFL people who pass through Starkville …
It appears as though Dak Prescott’s amazing rookie success with the Dallas Cowboys may pay off for Mullen, if he decides that the NFL is the right spot for him. Other college coaches mentioned in the article include Wisconsin’s Paul Chryst and Colorado’s Mike MacIntyre, both of which had fantastic seasons. Meanwhile, Mullen’s Bulldogs went just 5-7 in 2016.
The Los Angeles Rams are the only team with a head coach vacancy at this point after they fired Jeff Fisher earlier in the week.
Mullen’s name was mentioned in the Oregon coaching search, which ultimately ended with the hiring of Willie Taggart. He said afterwards that he’s very happy in Starkville and is negotiating a contract extension to stay.