JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Dan Mullen did not comment at the Conerly Trophy presentation on reports stating he has interviewed for the head coaching job at the University of Miami.
“I’m not talking about any of that,” Mullen said. “Every year I come here, every single year you guys ask me the same questions. I’m not going to waste time commenting on rumors on the Internet.”
Mullen was in attendance for his quarterback, senior Dak Prescott, who became the first player to ever win the Conerly Trophy in back-to-back seasons.
Dave Hyde, a columnist at the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., tweeted Wednesday morning that Miami had interviewed Mullen along with former Hurricanes and North Carolina coach Butch Davis, former Rutgers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano, and former Georgia coach Mark Richt. The Miami Herald’s Susan Miller Degnan and ESPN’s Mark Schlabach later confirmed the Hurricanes’ interview with Mullen.
There have also been rumors that Mullen was being considered for other head coaching openings, like Virginia Tech and Georgia. Both of those schools have since hired coaches, with the Hokies hiring former Memphis coach Justin Fuente and the Bulldogs reportedly hiring former Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Mullen responded to a question about coaching rumors by saying he deals with this whenever he attends the Conerly Trophy event.
“The only year you haven’t asked is my first year as a head coach,” Mullen said. “So it’s the same thing. Just because it’s on the Internet doesn’t mean it’s true.”
Mullen’s success at Mississippi State has made him a hot coaching commodity when this time of year rolls around. He is about to finish his seventh season in Starkville with a sixth straight bowl game, a program record. If Mississippi State wins that game, it will be the first time the Bulldogs have ever posted back-to-back double-digit win seasons. He also led the program to its first number one ranking back in 2014.
“You’re either getting hired or you’re getting fired so I think the success we’ve had speaks for itself,” Mullen said. “This time of year, there’s not as many games to talk about anymore so they got to have something to talk about on sports radio.”
Mullen reiterated how he deals with these questions every year at this event.
“A couple years ago, I was here at dinner while I was signing a contract at Penn State and then the next year I was in Colorado and like four or five different cities in one day when I was sitting here at this award,” Mullen said. “So it’s the exact same thing.”
The seventh-year head coach of the Bulldogs said he has not met with Mississippi State athletic director Scott Stricklin for their end-of-the-year meeting.
Mullen signed a four-year contract extension back in February. He makes $4 million for this season but will begin to make $4.275 million annually over the next four years. Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports reported Miami is willing to pay its new coach around $4 million per year.
You can watch the raw questions and answers regarding Mullen and the Miami reports in the video above.