Miss. State's Dan Mullen says he hasn't talked to UM

The Detroit News
Dan Mullen’s Bulldogs beat LSU, Texas A&M and Auburn this season.

Not long after LSU coach Les Miles told reporters Monday he's not in consideration for the Michigan football opening, Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen confirmed to the Clarion-Ledger via text message Tuesday morning that he hasn't had any discussions with any schools about their openings.

Mullen has been considered a coach on Michigan's candidates list. Michigan interim athletic director Jim Hackett has been searching for a new head coach since firing Brady Hoke on Dec 2.

Jim Harbaugh, the San Francisco 49ers coach and former Michigan quarterback, has long been considered the favored choice.

Mullen, 42, has a 46-30 record in six seasons at Mississippi State, including 10-2 this season. The Bulldogs will play Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 31.

Mullen was offensive coordinator at Florida for four seasons before going to Mississippi State.

Mullen is currently negotiating with Bulldogs athletic director Scott Stricklin over a contract extension.

"We want to make sure we reward Dan for what he's done and also continue to invest going forward not only in him but his whole staff," Stricklin told the Clarion-Ledger. "I think we'll be in position to do that. We've had productive conversations and I'm hopeful we'll get that wrapped up."

The Clarion-Ledger said Mullen's current salary is $3 million annually.