Florida Gators To Hire Dan Mullen Away From Mississippi State

Rachel Hardy
November 27, 2017

Florida is reportedly finalizing a deal with Dan Mullen to be the next head coach, according to multuple outlets.

The Mississippi State head coach doesn't have the most impressive record with the Bulldogs since taking over in 2009, but he's made a bowl game in eight consecutive seasons. He also worked at Florida previously as an assistant during the extremely successful Urban Meyer era.

In 2010, Mississippi State earned its first No. 1 overall ranking in program history and finished with a 10-3 (6-2 SEC) overall record, earning Mullen several coaching honors including the AP and Athlon SEC Coach of the Year awards and the Maxwell Football Club Coach of the Year award.

Mullen replaces Jim McElwain, who was sacked in midseason.

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Mullen's return to Florida reunites him with former MSU athletic director Scott Stricklin, who now serves in the same capacity with the Gators. Mississippi State reached #1 in the polls for the first time in school history in 2014, along with receiving an invite to the 2014 Orange Bowl against Georgia Tech. Foley and Mullen did not have a strong relationship during his time as Florida's coordinator.

Some might be concerned about whether Mullen has the ideal personality to bring genuine buzz to Florida football, but do you really care as long as he fixes the offense?

Mullen has had success developing quarterbacks in Starkville, including current Dallas Cowboys star Dak Prescott.

Florida fired McElwain under odd circumstances in late October after McElwain made a vague reference to death threats in a press conference and refused to provide details of them to Florida officials.

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