The movement of coaches in college football has become reminiscent of a shooting star: A coach can be in one place, and before you can look up to notice, he’s gone.
The nature of the business has only contributed to the rumor mill seemingly spinning faster with each offseason’s coaching vacancies. Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen is not exempt from having his name tossed around, but according to the Bulldogs’ coach, he has no interest in leaving Starkville any time soon — if ever.
“Trust me in this, I love being the head coach at Mississippi State,” Mullen said, according to a report from the Daily Journal‘s Logan Lowery. “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.”
Mullen has made history in his first seven seasons with the Bulldogs, getting to a school-record six consecutive bowl games. Only two previous Mississippi State coaches, Jackie Sherrill (75) and Allyn McKeen (65), have more wins than Mullen (55).
Mississippi State’s recent success has made Mullen a popular target of other programs, including interest for a previous opening at Florida, where Mullen was the offensive coordinator from 2005-08.
“Every year in December I’m always going somewhere,” Mullen said. “They always tell me I’m going somewhere. You’re going to this school or you’re going to that school. If it’s on the internet, then it must be true.”
If the Bulldogs continue to have success, schools will undoubtedly keep calling in an attempt pry Mullen out of Starkville. But for now, Mullen is focused on continuing to improve Mississippi State’s football reputation.
“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.”