Published: Mon, November 27, 2017
Sports | By Grace Becker

Dan Mullen finalizing deal to become Florida's next coach, report says

Dan Mullen finalizing deal to become Florida's next coach, report says

The Associated Press reports that Florida has hired MSU Head Coach Dan Mullen as the 27th head coach of the Gators football program.

Mullen, 45, will replace former coach Jim McElwain after he was sacked on October 31 in the wake of Florida's 42-7 loss to Georgia that dropped the Gators' record to 3-4.

Tennessee has been conducting their coaching search for the last two weeks, and they expect to name a new head coach by the end of the weekend, according to Gridiron Now.

Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen left and Mississippi head coach Matt Luke wish each other good luck prior to the start of an NCAA college football game in Starkville Miss. Thursday Nov. 23 2017
Report: Florida finalizing deal with Dan Mullen

Mullen went 69-46 during his time in Starkville and led the Bulldogs to eight consecutive bowl games.

A major factor in Mullen's hire is athletic director Scott Stricklin.

Mullen won two national championships at Florida as offensive coordinator under Urban Meyer.

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Mullen also has a history at Florida. 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.

Mississippi State fans are sure to be disappointed with the development, but this could be quite the rivalry in the SEC for years to come. Foley and Mullen did not have a strong relationship during his time as Florida's coordinator.

The expected move would reunite Florida with Mullen, who helped develop quarterbacks Alex Smith, Tim Tebow and Dak Prescott.

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Mississippi State is reportedly set to go "all in" to keep Mullen as of Friday morning (which surely hasn't changed), and bump his salary from $4.5 million to $6 million.

The Gators have mostly sputtered on offense since.

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