Florida close to hiring coach from another SEC school

27 November, 2017, 00:44 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • Florida close to hiring coach from another SEC school

College football insider Brett McMurphy reports that Florida has hired Mississippi State HC Dan Mullen to serve in the same capacity.

Yahoo Sports and ESPN have reported Mullen to be the Gator's choice.

Mullen has been with the Bulldogs for nine years and is 69-46.

Mullen was the offensive coordinator at Florida under Urban Meyer from 2005-2008.

Mississippi State knows Dan Mullen is a pretty hot commodity these days and is prepared to "go all in" to try and keep him in Starkville, a source told SI Friday morning.


Florida just completed an absolutely miserable season in which it went 4-7.

Former Gators coach Jim McElwain was sacked in late October after the team was beaten by Georgia. During that span, Mullen also worked with eventual Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Tim Tebow at Florida. Stricklin was Mississippi State's athletic director for seven of those years.

When the UF job opened up following Will Muschamp's 2014 firing, former Gators AD Jeremy Foley immediately ruled out Mullen and Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez as candidates.

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. The school had conversations with Chip Kelly and Scott Frost, who both indicated better fits may be available at a place other than a high-profile SEC school.

One way or another Florida will either be set to hire Mullen, or be set to move on to another candidate (Scott Frost?), before the end of the day.

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