Dan Mullen has the Mississippi State football program in a good place. Otherwise, the Bulldogs wouldn’t have given him a contract extension last month.
Mullen, who will be going into his ninth season with a 61-42 career record, received a 4-year contract extension from the school. Mullen had frequently been rumored to a number of jobs over the years, such as Georgia in 2015 and Oregon in 2016. This extension likely quells any future rumors for the time being.
“We just want to continue going in that same direction,” Mullen said on the extension. “We’re always striving to be better, striving to win a championship here at Mississippi State. It’s great for me, and I’m excited to be here for many years to come.”
Mullen showed that he was able to successfully replace Dak Prescott last year, as quarterback Nick Fitzgerald emerged as a budding star and the Bulldogs were able to make it a bowl game. Fitzgerald returns this year and figures to make a big leap.
Mullen’s chief rival, Hugh Freeze, is in some hot water due to the latest NCAA allegations. In the last SEC Country approval poll, Mullen had an 84.1 percent approval rating, good for fifth in the SEC. Freeze on the other hand, had an 80.1 rating, and that was before the public knew of the school’s alleged rule violations.
The extension bumps Mullen’s salary up to $4.5 million per year. The Bulldogs open the 2017 campaign against Charleston Southern on Sept. 2.
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The SEC Country approval rating poll is designed to give an indication of fan happiness over a period of time.
Our formula is based on the percentage of respondents that select each answer. We multiply that percentage by the following factors: 1 (strongly approve), 0.67 (approve), 0.33 (disapprove) and 0.0 (strongly disapprove). In other words, if 50 percent of respondents select “strongly approve” and 50 percent select “approve,” the formula would be (50 x 1) + (50 x 0.67) = 83.5% approval rating.