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WVU football: Mullen up for Kent Sate job

West Virginia offensive coordinator Jeff Mullen is under consideration to be the next head coach at Kent State. Athletic Director Oliver Luck said Wednesday Kent State has reached out to Mullen to discuss the opening.

"They have him as one of the people they are interested in," Luck said. "It is my understanding Jeff is in the running for that position."

The Ravenna Record-Courier cited a source Wednesday saying Mullen has already interviewed for the job. A source familiar with the search told the Daily Mail Mullen has not been on the Kent State campus for a formal interview. The search includes about a dozen individuals with a goal to shorten the list and begin interviews next week.

Mullen, on WVU's staff since January 2008, could not be reached for comment. He did not return a message left on his cell phone. Coach Bill Stewart also failed to return a message left on his cell phone.

Doug Martin stepped down in November after eight seasons with the Golden Flashes. He was 28-53. Athletic Director Joel Nielsen said at the start of the coaching search he wanted a coach with experience in the Mid-American Conference as well as a familiarity with Ohio's fertile recruiting landscape.

Mullen was in the MAC at Ohio University in varying capacities from graduate assistant to video coordinator and ultimately a full-time offensive assistant coach from 1992-2000. He also recruits northern Ohio for the Mountaineers.

Additionally, Mullen was an offensive assistant at Wake Forest when Nielsen worked as an associate A.D. there.

Mullen, who doubles as WVU's quarterbacks coach, is from Lima, Ohio, and was an All-American safety at Wittenberg (Ohio) in 1989. He played four years there and won three letters. Upon graduation, he was the head coach at Hamilton Township High, in Columbus, Ohio, in 1990.

He's in the first year of his second two-year contract with WVU and makes $225,000.

Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at or 304-319-1142. His blog is at


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