Mullen leaving MSU for Florida

Jonathan Hernandez
November 28, 2017

New Florida coach Dan Mullen will receive a contract worth $6 million a year for six years, putting him among the highest paid coaches in college football, The Sun has learned. Dan Mullen has been the catalyst of that success and we wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors.

The Gators have turned to former Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen after getting spurned by several coaches although they are saying different.

The Florida offense has been beyond anemic, only scoring three offensive touchdowns against a Charles Kelly led FSU defense since 2014.

Stricklin vowed to make Florida fun again when he parted ways with coach Jim McElwain last month.

Still, Mullen, 45, has a résumé that is hard to ignore. When the Bulldogs receive a bowl invitation next week, it will be their eighth under Mullen. Along with coaching quarterback Tim Tebow at Florida, Mullen also coached Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith at Utah and Dallas Cowboys star Dak Prescott at Mississippi State.

After a loss in the Egg Bowl to Ole Miss on Friday, Mullen did say he is happy at the school and "plans" to remain the Bulldogs' coach. He is 5-2 in bowls.

Mullen spent nine years in Starkville, posting a 69-46 record that included a 33-39 mark in SEC play.

Mullen is best known for developing quarterbacks.

The Gators have a fervent fan base, have one of the nation's top operating budgets ($125 million in 2017-18) and have more than $100 million in facility upgrades planned, including breaking ground on a state-of-the-art structure to house the football program.

No doubt, Florida fans will have a mixed reaction with Mullen.

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.

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.

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