There’s some stability in Starkville. After eight years as the head coach of the Mississippi Bulldogs, the university and head coach Dan Mullen have come to terms on a contract extension through the 2021 season.
Mullen is only four wins away from being second on the all-time wins list for the Bulldogs, only 12 from being at the top of the list.
The university announced Mullen’s extension on Monday evening.
The contract comes in response to Mullen’s unprecedented success in Starkville. He has posted a winning record in all but one of his seasons as head football coach. Despite going 6-7 in 2016, the Bulldogs still managed a victory in the St. Petersburg Bowl and are 61-42 overall under coach Mullen.
They were, for a time, ranked No. 1 in the polls in 2014, the only time in the schools history they have achieved such a ranking.
In response to his extension, Mullen had a statement prepared:
“I am very thankful to the University and athletic administration for their belief in me,” Mullen said. “We have built a special program over the last eight years, creating a culture where winning is expected while achieving that in the toughest division in college football. I am proud of what we have accomplished, and I am truly excited about the direction we are heading as a program. This extension allows my family a long-term future here in Starkville, a place we are proud to call home.”
Now that the Bulldogs and coach Mullen have put the business end of the equation to rest, the focus will be on improving the 28-35 record against SEC opponents. The Bulldogs are still something of a second-tier team in the FBS’s (second) toughest conference and will need to compete for conference championships soon to justify Mullen’s extension.