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

Nov 28, 2017, 01:07
In Mullen, Florida gets nice consolation prize after losing out on Kelly

Mullen has plenty of knowledge of the program, as he served as Urban Meyer's offensive coordinator during a three-year span in which the Gators won two national titles.

As a bad season wound down, the University of Florida got a head start on the search for a new football coach by firing Jim McElwain.

A person familiar with the situation says Florida has hired Mississippi State's Dan Mullen as its next football coach. In their nine years here, Dan and Megan have been wonderful ambassadors to Mississippi State University and the entire city of Starkville.

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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. 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. When the Bulldogs receive a bowl invitation next week, it will be their eighth under Mullen.

Mullen replaced former UF coach Jim McElwain, who was sacked October 29 and making $4.5 million a year.

"I'm fired up", Mullen told a group of reporters. He is 5-2 in bowls.

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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.

"Coach Mullen will do a tremendous job in developing accountability and toughness through a well-coordinated strength and conditioning program".

Mullen's 69 wins at Mississippi State rank him second all-time in program history, while his.605 career winning percentage is the program's best since the 1950s.

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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.