Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Florida Closing In On Hiring Dan Mullen as Head Coach

Florida expected to hire Dan Mullen Report: Florida finalizing deal with Dan Mullen
Frederick Owens | 26 November, 2017, 22:36

He also worked under Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin at Mississippi State, when Stricklin was AD in Starksville from 2010-2016. The Gators first pursued former OR and FNL coach Chip Kelly, but the ESPN analyst instead took the UCLA job on Saturday.

Mullen replaces former Florida coach Jim McElwain, who parted with UF on October 29.

And now CBS Tampa sports director Ryan Bass is reporting that Mullen is in the process of buying his way out of his Mississippi State contract.

In 9 years at Mississippi State, the Bulldogs have reached new heights: 8 straight bowl appearances, reaching #1 in the polls in 2014, playing in the Orange Bowl, recruiting and developing National Football League talent like Dak Prescott, Fletcher Cox, and Chris Jones.

Mullen also developed quarterback Dak Prescott into a 2014 Heisman candidate and subsequently Nick Fitzgerald into one of the SEC's top quarterbacks.

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Mullen has already found success with Mississippi State and will now have a far, far more stocked recruiting pool to fish from in the talent-rich state of Florida.

Met by reporters Friday when he returned to Gainesville, Stricklin tried to allay concerns when it was clear Kelly had jilted the Gators.

There's familiarity here between Mullen and Florida.

Mississippi State has finished with eight wins or more in five of Mullen's nine seasons and has gone 5-2 in bowl games with another coming up in 2017.

Florida's coaching search has always leaned offensive, and it seems like that's the direction is will indeed end up in.

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