Dan Mullen was handsomely rewarded for his part in one of the most memorable seasons in Mississippi State football history.
Director of athletics Scott Stricklin announced Thursday evening that Mullen had signed a contract extension through 2018 which contained a substantial raise.
Mullen, who made around $3 million in 2014, will make $4 million this season and average $4.275 million over the next four years.
“Dan has done a phenomenal job in leading our football team the past six years and we’re happy to be in a position to reward his efforts while making sure he’ll be able to continue building a championship program for Mississippi State,” Stricklin said. ”Under Dan’s guidance, Bulldog football has achieved a level of consistent success unparalleled in our history, during which time we’ve been ranked No. 1 in the nation and appeared in elite bowl games. We’re proud Dan is our coach.”
Mullen’s initial contract at MSU was for $1.2 million in 2009.
Mullen became the first coach in the program’s history to take the Bulldogs to a No. 1 ranking and spent five weeks atop the polls in 2014. In only six years, Mullen has already risen to third on the school’s all-time wins list with a record of 46-31, including a school record five straight bowl appearances.
“It’s a privilege to represent our university, our program and our fans here at Mississippi State,” Mullen said. “I appreciate Scott Stricklin and our administration who have given us the tools and resources to be successful and develop Bulldog football into a national brand over the last six years.
The 42-year old received National Coach of the Year recognition from by the Maxwell Football Club and was named the SEC Coach of the Year by the Associated Press in 2014. MSU became the first team in college football history to rise from unranked to No. 1 in a span of five weeks.
“We spent five weeks ranked No. 1 last season for the first time, but we have only scratched this surface on what we can accomplish here,” Mullen said. “We have created a winning culture both on and off the field and built a program that has sustained success in the nation’s toughest conference. I’ve always said we are going to win a championship here, and I firmly believe that.”