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Dan Mullen says he's staying at Mississippi State

Following last night's 31-28 loss in Starkville to rival Ole Miss, Dan Mullen was asked about his plans to look for other jobs in the coming days. In speaking with reporters, Mullen was definitive in stating he plans to remain at Mississippi State, even opening the door to advancing discussions with his AD and President about another extension (Mullen is currently under contract through the 2020 season).

When asked if he plans to return as the Bulldogs coach Mullen said, "I plan on it."

"As I said, I'm very, very happy here. I'm happy with what we've built. I think its pretty special. I'm fortunate to be the head coach, and (MSU athletic director John) Cohen and (MSU President Mark) Keenum have both told me that they want me to continue to be the head coach here – before the game they did. We'll see what they say right now. That's obviously something that I'll talk with them about in the next coming days, I'm sure. What we're going to continue to do is build the program in the right direction."

Mullen's Bulldogs just completed an 8-4 regular season (including a loss at home to their bitter rival, a 28 point loss at Georgia and a 39 point loss at Auburn) in which he made $4.5 million and is likely in line for an extension. Think about that. Why leave, ever?

Update> Bruce Feldman reports this morning Mississippi State is set to "step up and go all in" to keep Mullen.