Mississippi State Signs Dan Mullen to 4-Year Extension After 'Unprecedented Success'

By Eric Seger on February 27, 2017 at 7:15 pm
Mississippi State extends Dan Mullen.
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Unlike its in-state rival to the north, Mississippi State's football program isn't wading through a mess of NCAA sanctions. Despite a 6-7 season in 2016, the Bulldogs are 63-42 and have five bowl victories in Dan Mullen's eight seasons at the helm in Starkville.

As a result, Mullen got paid on Monday. Mississippi State signed him to a four-year extension through February 2021.

From hailstate.com:

“Dan has brought unprecedented success to Bulldog football and is one of the elite coaches in the country," [Director of Athletics John] Cohen said. “From a school-record seven straight bowl games to our performance in the classroom, he continues to raise the standard of excellence.”

Mullen's financial package will be $4.5 million this season.

"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.”

Mullen's .692 winning percentage is the best in Mississippi State history since Hall of Famer Allyn McKeen's, who won more than 76 percent of his games from 1939-49.

The Bulldogs are 0-8 against Alabama in Mullen's tenure and have never won the SEC West.

Source: @HailStateFB

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