In Mullen, Florida gets nice consolation prize after losing out on Kelly

Esther Moore
November 28, 2017

Prior to his time in Starkville, Mississippi, Mullen was the offensive coordinator at Florida under Urban Meyer where he won national championships in 2006 and 2008.

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.

The Dan Mullen era has ended at Mississippi State.

Mullen's return to Gainesville reunites him with former Mississippi State athletic director Scott Stricklin, who has been in charge of Florida's athletic department for the past 13 months.

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Although Schiano has been an assistant at Ohio State the last two seasons, he posted a 68-67 record as Rutgers coach from 2001-11 and had an unsuccessful two-year stint coaching the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 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. "I have shared my vision with Athletics Director John Cohen and I am confident that John will move quickly and decisively to fill our coaching vacancy with the best possible person to build on the success of our program". The 45-year-old Mullen is already getting paid $4.5 million, but word is the school is willing to bump him up to around $6 million and also making an even stronger financial commitment to his staff. He won two titles during his four years (2005-08) 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.

Mullen replaced former UF coach Jim McElwain, who was sacked October 29 and making $4.5 million a year. But Kelly chose UCLA over Florida on Saturday, and Stricklin was left to look elsewhere. He is 5-2 in bowls. Mullen coached the Bulldogs to a 69 and 46 record over eight seasons. Under Meyer at Utah, Mullen was responsible for the evolution of eventual number one pick, Alex Smith.

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