One of the biggest issues that will face Mississippi State’s new athletic director will be the contract status of football coach Dan Mullen – and his new bulldog of an agent.
After going 9-4 last season in Starkville, according to Michael Bonner of the Clarion-Ledger, Mullen’s contract was not extended for one more season, as had been the custom with old AD Scott Stricklin, who is leaving for the Florida job.
Mullen, who is now 57-38 in his eight seasons at Mississippi State, is signed through the 2018 season with his current contract set to expire Feb. 29, 2019.
When the contract wasn’t re-upped, Mullen hired super-agent Jimmy Sexton, who reportedly represents more than 100 professional athletes and more than 50 FBS coaches, including SEC rivals Nick Saban, Gus Malzahn and Hugh Freeze.
The Bulldogs are now 2-3 after being throttled against Auburn for much of Saturday. The newspaper also reported that MSU will start interviews this week for the school’s 17th athletic director.
Mullen made $4 million in 2015.