Florida finalizing deal with Dan Mullen

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.

Mullen was introduced as Florida head coach on Monday, officially ending weeks of rumors that the longtime Mississippi State coach would return to Gainesivlle, where he was an assistant for four seasons (2005-08) before going to Starkville.

Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen gives an official a.

Mullen worked with Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin when Stricklin had the same gig in Starkville, and the prestige of Florida's program dwarfs that of Mississippi State.

"We've built a football program at Mississippi State that has enjoyed unprecedented success over the last nine seasons". Dan's tenure at MSU coincides with my own and we've had a chance to do some special things together for our loyal fans and friends.

After Mullen and athletic director John Cohen met with the team on Sunday night, many looked forward to what was ahead of them.

Mullen had a deal at Mississippi State that ran through 2021 and paid him $4.5 million a year. The 1966 Heisman Trophy victor at Florida, Spurrier led the program to its first national title 30 years later.

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.

Still, the 45-year-old Mullen has a resume that's hard to ignore. He has 13 years of experience in the Southeastern Conference, knows Florida well, has recruited in the Sunshine State and led the Bulldogs to a bowl for a school-record eight consecutive years.

Mullen, the Gators' former two-time national championship-winning offensive coordinator, finishes 69-46 as coach of the Bulldogs, having led them to bowl games in each of the last seven seasons.

Mullen is best known for developing quarterbacks.

  • Steve Townsend