Florida Gators Hire Mississippi State's Dan Mullen As New Head Coach

Coach that’s been linked to several open jobs makes his intentions known for next year

Prior to his time in Starkville, Mississippi, Mullen was the offensive coordinator at Florida under Urban Meyer where he won national championships in 2006 and 2008.

Mullen has also been linked to the Tennessee Volunteers head coaching vacancy to replace Butch Jones, so it looks like if he does opt to move on from Starkville he will remain in the SEC.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Florida has hired Mississippi State's Dan Mullen as its next football coach, bringing back the guy who helped turned Tim Tebow into a star.

Mississippi State president Mark Keenum confirmed Mullen's exit Sunday night. He also worked under Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin at Mississippi State, when Stricklin was AD in Starksville from 2010-2016. For a week, it looked like Kelly might pacify a frustrated fan base.

"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 made the safe choice, one that won't be wildly popular with the Florida faithful. He has 13 years of experience in the rugged Southeastern Conference, knows Florida well, has recruited in the Sunshine State and led the Bulldogs to a bowl game for a school-record eight consecutive years. Under Meyer at Utah, Mullen was responsible for the evolution of eventual number one pick, Alex Smith.

In nine seasons in Starkville, the 45-year-old Mullen was 69-46 with the Bulldogs and 33-39 in the SEC, a respectable record given the school's mediocre history.

"Coach Mullen will do a tremendous job in developing accountability and toughness through a well-coordinated strength and conditioning program".

Mullen had followed Meyer from Utah, where he helped mold Smith into the 2005 National Football League draft's No. 1 overall pick, to Florida.

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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