Dan Mullen (finally) signs contract extension through 2018
It became a guarantee back when his Bulldogs knocked off then-No. 2 Auburn and ascended to the first No. 1 ranking in program history back in mid-October, but Dan Mullen’s extension at Mississippi State finally became official on Thursday.
Mullen, 46-31 in six seasons in Starkville with five straight winning campaigns, is now locked down through the 2018 season. He’ll earn $4 million in 2015 and average $4.275 million over the life of the deal.
“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,” said Mississippi State athletics director Scott Stricklin. ”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 long-awaited extension means that $4 million is now the cost of doing business in the SEC West. Thanks to a scheduled raise for Auburn’s Gus Malzahn and extensions for Ole Miss’ Hugh Freeze and Arkansas’ Bret Bielema, the entire division will reach the $4 million barrier this fall. Every single SEC West coach has received an extension over the last 24 months. Les Miles is working on the oldest contract in the division, with an extension approved way back on Feb. 1, 2013.
And one of those seven $4 million (or more) men is destined to finish in last place this fall.
Dan Mullen will now make more than Nick Saban made when he was first hired at Alabama.
— Matt Scalici (@MattScalici) February 27, 2015
The pedal has hit the floorboard across the entire SEC West, with all seven schools heading straight for one another. It will be one of the most fascinating story lines to follow in the entire sport over the coming years.
But that’s a discussion for another day.
For now, it’s Mississippi State’s time to bask in the riches of a 9-0 start and the second-best final AP ranking in school history.
“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.”
Yep, you and your six best friends.
Rex Ryan’s truck is better than your truck
You know he has a pair of brass balls hanging from the rearview mirror. You just know he does.
Yep, this is Rex Ryan’s new truck.
Can you imagine if he coached the Florida Gators? Who else would you like to see get their truck done?
— drew (@billsrock78) February 26, 2015
— drew (@billsrock78) February 26, 2015
Can you imagine if Les were to try this roll up in this?
Wake Forest’s off season draft has something never before seen in CFB
Wake Forest is one of countless college football programs around the country that held a draft of sorts to divide the team into small groups to compete over the course of the off season…except their draft kicked off with something that’s never been seen before in college football off season drafts. I’m sure of it.
Even before the 30 second mark hits in this video, you start to sense that something just seems different about it.
Demon Deacons tight ends and special teams coach Adam Scheier, appointed the “Awakening Commissioner”, starts the event off with a poem of sorts, delivered in the “the spoken word” form. Got to be a first right?
At one point, he went on such a roll that the team acknowledges his way with words by snapping their fingers.
After Scheier is done showing everyone how it’s done, the real draft of players begins, and you’ve got love the custom logos and creative team names that each group came up with, especially the headhunters which features the Wake Forest mascot holding severed heads of the Duke and NC State mascots.
An Alabama HS is giving a truck away for $5. Does your school do something similar?
See this truck? It could be yours – for five bucks.
Well, not that truck exactly. This one. The tricked-out 2014 Chevrolet Silverado Z71 you see below can be had for $5 – with a 280-pound catfish-sized catch. (Kid Rock anthem sold separately.)
Thanks to a donation from Shell Chemicals, Saraland High School, a 6A school resting 10 miles north of Mobile, purchased the truck – sticker price $53,786 – with the intention of holding a nation-wide contest to raise money for the school’s extra-curricular activities.
“It’s going to be a huge fundraiser, we hope,” head coach T.J. Kelly told FootballScoop. “We’re excited to get this thing kicked off. We’re blessed to be doing something this neat and we want to make it a big deal.”
The contest runs now through Nov. 7, where a $5 donation to the program of your choice – anything from football to robotics – purchases a reservation in a raffle. The school will select to winners who will be asked to compete in a bean-bag toss on Nov. 17 to win the truck. Think of the football toss promotion Dr. Pepper runs in conference championship and bowl games every fall.
Anyone from Saraland to Seattle is welcome to purchase a ticket, but the drawing winners must come to Saraland and win the bean bag toss to claim the truck. The school hopes to raise $200,000 over the next eight months or so, which equates to 40,000 tickets. If a one-in-40,000 shot at a 50/50 chance at driving away with tricked-out $50,000 truck is worth a $5 bill to you, Saraland has the web page for you.
“This is going to be a big deal in our area and we want to make it nationwide,” Kelly said. “We hope to make a difference in a lot of students’ lives.”
Does your school do a fundraiser more creative than this? Let us know @FootballScoop.
Photos: SEC meets Mother Nature, 2015 edition
There is a certain beauty to an empty stadium picture.
The stillness provides a blank canvass, a sanctuary with an audience of echoes. Adding a blanket of snow, as Mother Nature did this week across SEC country, only adds to the picturesque portrait. Thankfully, schools across the south captured shots of their stadiums in winter hibernation.
Ole Miss again (with a fair bit of trolling):
While this year’s blizzard may not compare with the 2014 version, it’s still fun to see southern stadiums imitate Lambeau Field circa January 1967 every once in a while.