By JOEL COLEMAN
Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen appears to be exploring his options.
Multiple media outlets reported on Tuesday that Mullen interviewed this week for the head coaching vacancy at the University of Miami.
According to the Sun Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Mullen, former Miami head coach Butch Davis and former Rutgers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano had all had talks with the Hurricanes about the job.
Mark Richt, who was fired as Georgia head coach on Sunday, was also expected to interview for the opening on Tuesday. Richt is a former quarterback for the Hurricanes.
The Starkville Daily News could not confirm that Mullen interviewed with Miami, but was told Mullen was scheduled to be on the road recruiting this week. Because of his recruiting schedule, Mullen originally didn’t plan to attend Tuesday night’s C Spire Conerly Trophy presentation where MSU quarterback Dak Prescott was one of the nominees for the award. However, by later in the day, Mullen did intend to be in Jackson for the ceremony.
The Miami job opened up on Oct. 26 when Al Golden was fired after a 58-0 loss to Clemson. Larry Scott served as interim coach for Miami following Golden’s firing. Golden compiled a 32-25 record in his four-plus seasons with the Hurricanes.
Mullen reportedly interviewed with Miami in 2010 prior to the hire of Golden.
In recent days, rumors have swirled around MSU’s head coach, who is at the end of his seventh season in Starkville.
Various outlets have linked Mullen’s name to openings at Maryland, Virginia Tech and Georgia. Virginia Tech has since hired former Memphis coach Justin Fuente.
Mullen’s stock has risen on the national scene as he’s compiled a 54-35 career record since taking over the MSU program in 2009. Mullen’s tenure has seen the Bulldogs advance to six straight bowl games.
Under Mullen’s watch, MSU has spent 10 total weeks ranked in the Top 10, including a five-week stretch as the nation’s top-ranked team in 2014. Mullen stands as the third-winningest coach in Mississippi State history behind only Jackie Sherrill and Allyn McKeen.
Back in February, Mullen agreed to a contract extension with Mississippi State through the 2018 season that pays Mullen an average of $4.275 million per year.