Florida close to hiring coach from another SEC school

Posted November 27, 2017

Yahoo Sports reported Sunday that Florida is pursuing Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen as its next football coach.

Mullen spent nine seasons in Starkville, going 69-46 with seven winning seasons and a pair of Top-25 finishes.

He reunites with former Mississippi State Athletic Director Scott Stricklin, who now leads the Department of Athletics at the University of Florida. He also worked at Florida previously as an assistant during the extremely successful Urban Meyer era. 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. Mississippi State reached #1 in the polls for the first time in school history in 2014, along with receiving an invite to the 2014 Orange Bowl against Georgia Tech.

Florida expected to hire Dan Mullen

Mullen was hired at Mississippi State in December of 2008, replacing Sylvester Croom. "I'm fortunate to be the head coach and (athletic director) John (Cohen) and Dr. Keenum have both told me they want me to continue to be the head coach here-before the game they did, we'll see what they say right now". Like Tebow, he's one 10 players in FBS history and the second player in SEC history to pass for 8,500 yards and rush for 2,000 yards.

Mullen, who has been linked to several coaching vacancies, said he planned on staying with the Bulldogs during his postgame press conference following his team's 31-28 loss to Ole Miss on Thursday.

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