Following practice Monday night, Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen refuted reports connecting him to open jobs around the country, shooting them down as erroneous. Mullen said his conversations with MSU Athletic Director Scott Stricklin have been positive as they negotiate a contract extension to keep him in Starkville, adding that those are the only conversations he’s had with anyone.
“The only person I’ve talked to about any job is Scott Stricklin,” Mullen said.
Mullen led MSU to a 10-2 regular season and its first-ever No. 1 ranking this year, a position held for over a month before losing late in the season and finishing the year No. 7 in the country.
Stricklin said he and Mullen are currently working on the details of a new contract which would extend the deal back out to four years, the maximum allowable by state law in Mississippi. Stricklin is “optimistic” the extension will be completed soon, adding that the assistant coaches are in line to benefit from the success the team has had in 2014, as well.
“We want to reward Dan for the job he’s done and continue to invest in not just him but also his entire staff,” Stricklin said. “Our meetings have been productive and I’m optimistic we’ll soon have a deal both parties will be happy with.”
Practice in Starkville continues through the weekend and Mississippi State will arrive in Miami on December 26th for the Orange Bowl, a record fifth-straight bowl game under Mullen.