From an offensive coordinator at Florida coaching Tim Tebow to a national championship to becoming a head coach at a place where is usually poked at being called “StarkVegas”, you could never imagine Mississippi State would keep a head coach as long as they have or reach as many bowl games consecutively. Dan Mullen has changed the face of college football as Mississippi State more than the Bulldog faithful has expected, and brought them newfound fame with whom he recruited.
While he is no Nick Saban, he coached under Urban Meyer at Utah as quarterbacks coach and followed him to Florida as offensive coordinator where he molded Tebow into the player he became. Mullen left for Starkville after Florida won their last national title and began his head coaching career succeeding Sylvester Croom. Though not having a promising start in his rookie campaign, Mullen would eventually help set school records and put Mississippi State on the map more than ever before.
The program’s biggest accomplishments since his hiring is appearing in seven consecutive bowl games, winning five of them. What was most unexpected in 2014 was knocking off three SEC teams in the top 10 and propelling themselves as the number one team in the country for the first time in school history. This was where Dak Prescott became a household name for the Bulldog faithful as he was molded into the same likeness as Tebow setting more school records than any other player in history.
Around the same time, Ole Miss was rising from the ashes so to speak and almost had a 1-2 matchup in the Egg Bowl which sadly never happened. After a 10-3 finish and a spot in the Orange Bowl, no one has ever looked at Mississippi State the same again. Even with Prescott gone and only posting a 6-7 record last season, the SEC still did not take them lightly during the post-Prescott era even with their QB struggles. They still got selected over Ole Miss to play in the St. Petersburg Bowl to defeat Miami (OH).
Without being repetitive, you can say even ranked third all time in wins he has done more on the field as Jackie Sherrill did during his run (no disrespect of course). Mullen had become a hot commodity since his 2014 season but yet never budged as he stayed faithful to his team building his own foundation. Signing the four year extension through 2021 shows how important Mullen is to the community and how much faith the fan base have in him more than ever.
As I said before he is no Nick Saban, but he will find ways of beating you and preventing you from moving forward on the field. Mississippi State does indeed have their man.