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Dan Mullen Targeted By Gators

28 November, 2017, 01:04 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • Coach that’s been linked to several open jobs makes his intentions known for next year

The Florida Gators filled their head coaching vacancy on Sunday with a familiar face. Dan Mullen has been the catalyst of that success and we wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors.

Three days after Mississippi State's regular season came to an end with a loss to Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl, Dan Mullen was officially announced as the new head coach at Florida.

There were some rumors that Florida could turn it's attention to UCF's Scott Frost, who is responsible for the Knights' incredible turnaround, but Nebraska seems like a more likely option for him. 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.

Mullen led Mississippi State to A 69-46 record during his tenure in Starkville going 69-46 and guiding the Bulldogs to eight straight bowl games.

If Mullen is able to recreate what he has done so well at Florida, with the Gator's superior prestige and rich history, they have a real shot at competing with Kirby Smart's Bulldogs for the SEC East crown. The 1966 Heisman Trophy victor at Florida, Spurrier led the program to its first national title 30 years later. Mississippi State also was the No. 1 team in the inaugural College Football Playoff rankings. We have the fan reaction to the news.

Suspensions and injuries are partly to blame.

Mullen's hiring Sunday ended a four-week process to replace Jim McElwain that left Gator Nation drained of energy.

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

Dan Mullen arrived in Gainesville wearing his national championship ring from 2008, when he was Gators' offensive coordinator.

But UF athletics director Scott Stricklin landed a coach who mentored Tim Tebow and helped the school to two national titles as Urban Meyer's offensive coordinator before heading to Mississippi State for the past nine, including five working for Stricklin.



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