The University of Tennessee is reportedly turning its attention toward Dan Mullen to be its next head football coach.
ESPN.com's Mark Schlabach said on Saturday's edition of College GameDay (via Blake Toppmeyer of USA Today) that Tennessee is "expected to seek dialogue soon" with Mullen.
Mullen is finishing his ninth season as head coach at Mississippi State. The 45-year-old has a record of 69-46 with the Bulldogs and has led them to seven straight bowl appearances with an eighth likely to come after the team won eight games this season.
Per Bruce Feldman of Sports Illustrated, Mississippi State would be willing to give Mullen a salary bump from $4.5 million to around $6 million per season to try to convince him to stay.
Tennessee has been searching for a new football coach since firing Butch Jones on Nov. 12. The Volunteers are 4-7 this season, including 0-7 in the SEC, after winning nine games in each of the past two seasons.