Dan Mullen on Vols' opening: 'I have a great job' at Mississippi State
It's understandable why UT fans would be intrigued by Mullen. He has a 68-45 record in nine seasons at Mississippi State.
Mullen was asked Monday at his news conference how the attractiveness of the Tennessee job compares to the job he has.
"I love the one I have," Mullen told reporters in Starkville. "I think what you see is what we’ve been able to build Mississippi State into. As I keep saying, I think everybody has an opinion in the world about what I should and shouldn’t do. People that know me and friends that have known me for a long time know I like my own opinion. I’m not really interested in other people’s opinions all that much. I like my own opinion. And my wife, I listen to her."
Mullen has a track record for stewarding exciting quarterbacks. He was Urban Meyer’s offensive coordinator during Florida’s national championship seasons in 2006 and 2008.
Florida's job is also open after the Gators fired Jim McElwain last month.
Mullen has the Bulldogs (7-3) positioned for an eighth straight bowl bid. Before Mullen arrived, MSU's longest bowl appearance streak was three years.
“When you look around, we’ve been able to build the facility," Mullen said. "I have an AD that has been a coach. I have a president that hugely supports the football program. We built a team that's a Top 25 program, in my mind, with the atmosphere on Saturday nights. So, I have a great job."
Mullen is also compensated handsomely.
His annual salary is $4.5 million, which ranks 14th nationally, according to the USA TODAY database.
Jones' salary was $4.11 million.