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Paul Finebaum Thinks Tennessee Should Look At Dan Mullen As Next Coach

If and when Tennessee fires Butch Jones, Paul Finebaum likes another current SEC head coach as a candidate for the job.

Last week, Finebaum floated Mullen's name for the job, saying that a "small pocket of Tennessee boosters" have pushed for the school to poach him from Mississippi State.

Mullen was named along with Virginia Tech's Justin Fuente, Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy, and USF's Charlie Strong during the segment.

Mississippi State is 5-2 under the ninth-year head coach after Saturday's blowout win over Kentucky. Once again, Finebaum mentioned him as a possible candidate to jump to the Vols.

Mullen took over Mississippi State, considered one of the SEC's toughest jobs, in 2009, and has found success, going 66-44 and 31-37 in conference play. He is currently looking for an eighth straight bowl bid.

Mullen had been rumored as a candidate at other big jobs, but has stayed locked in in Starkville for nearly a decade. If he feels that he's hit a ceiling at Mississippi State, he could definitely leave, but jumping for a borderline-rebuild in the same conference might be a tough sell.