Dan Mullen has aced 2017 so far, but he’ll face his toughest test on Saturday, when he welcomes LSU to Starkville.
Mullen, heading into his ninth season, received a four-year contract extension in late February, which bumped his salary to $4.5 million per year. Mullen’s name has been linked to a number of jobs over the years, such as Georgia in 2015 and Oregon in 2016. This extension quells rumors for the time being.
“We just want to continue going in that same direction,” Mullen said about 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 appears to have found the heir apparent to quarterback Dak Prescott, as Nick Fitzgerald shined last year. And Mullen also has his quarterback of the future in 2018 4-star quarterback Jalen Mayden. The Bulldogs have the No. 6 recruiting class in the SEC per 247Sports’ 2018 recruiting rankings and have the No. 1 player in the state of Mississippi, 4-star WR Malik Heath. Overall, Mississippi State has the No. 18 class in the country.
The Bulldogs have won their first two games of the season convincingly. But the Tigers and coach Ed Orgeron represent a stark bump up in competition compared to Charleston Southern and Louisiana Tech.
Mullen’s chief rival, former Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze, resigned last month after it came out that he had made a call to an escort service.
In the previous SEC Country approval poll, Mullen finished with a 93.71 percent approval rating, which left him behind only Nick Saban. It was Mullen’s highest approval rating yet.
The Bulldogs face the Tigers on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.
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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.