Fresh off what was almost an upset of Alabama, Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen found himself answering questions about Tennessee at his Monday press conference.
Mullen has a 68-45 record in nine seasons with the Bulldogs, but more importantly, he's been able to compete in the powerful SEC West. That puts him high on the list of many Tennessee fans as a candidate to replace Butch Jones, who was fired Sunday.
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But if he is interested, he isn't giving anything away.
"I love the one I have," Mullen told reporters in Starkville when asked if he would be attracted to the job in Knoxville. "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."
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Tennessee could have some competition if they decided to go after Mullen. Florida is also looking for a head coach, and Mullen has a history there. He was offensive coordinator when the Gators won national championships in 2006 and 2008.
Mullen has a pretty good gig at Mississippi State right now, with university and fan support, and a $4.5 million dollar salary.
"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 said.