Florida finalizing deal with Dan Mullen

Florida Football Rumors: Dan Mullen Targeted By Gators

Mullen previously spent four years (2005-08) as Florida's offensive coordinator and won two national championships while guiding Tebow to the top of the school record books.

Mullen will be introduced as UF's 25th head football coach at 3 p.m.

It won't be the sexiest hire of this weekend-you can decide for yourself whether that honor should go to Chip Kelly at UCLA or Greg Schiano at Tennessee-but the Florida Gators are reportedly finalizing a deal to hire Dan Mullen away from Mississippi State, to replace the fired Jim McElwain.

The Dan Mullen era has ended at Mississippi State. He also worked under Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin at Mississippi State, when Stricklin was AD in Starksville from 2010-2016.

The Florida offense has been beyond anemic, only scoring three offensive touchdowns against a Charles Kelly led FSU defense since 2014.




He made the safe choice, one that won't be wildly popular with the Florida faithful. When the Bulldogs receive a bowl invitation next week, it will be their eighth under Mullen. Before Mullen's arrival in 2009, Mississippi State had seasons with at least eight losses in seven of the previous eight years.

Mullen is best known for developing quarterbacks.

"I have such great memories of the championships we won during our time here and have a love for Florida", Mullen said Sunday in a statement. He played a substantial role in the college careers of Alex Smith (Utah), Tebow (Florida), Dak Prescott (Mississippi State) and current Mississippi State starter Nick Fitzgerald. "Coach Mullen will do a tremendous job".

"We've built a football program at Mississippi State that has enjoyed unprecedented success over the last nine seasons", said MSU president Mark Keenum.

Although Schiano has been an assistant at Ohio State the last two seasons, he posted a 68-67 record as Rutgers coach from 2001-11 and had an unsuccessful two-year stint coaching the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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