Florida finalizing deal with Dan Mullen to be next head coach

REPORTS Florida Targeting Dan Mullen To Be Gators’ Coach

REPORTS Florida Targeting Dan Mullen To Be Gators’ Coach

Dan Mullen has been targeted to be the next head coach at Florida, according to sources with direct knowledge of the situation.

In his quest to put the fun back in Florida football, UF athletic director Scott Stricklin has turned to someone he and the school are very familiar with - Mississippi State's Dan Mullen.

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Tennessee has been conducting their coaching search for the last two weeks, and they expect to name a new head coach by the end of the weekend, according to Gridiron Now.

Mullen, who helped lead UF to national titles in 2006 and 2008 as Urban Meyer's offensive coordinator, will be named the Gators new coach later today, sources have confirmed with The Sun. "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". After Thanksgiving Day loss to Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl left the Bulldogs 8-4, he then said he hoped to remain in Starkville, where Mississippi State reportedly planned to do everything it could to keep him. He leaves with a 69-46 record and a 33-39 mark in the SEC.

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This coincides with much of what has been reported about this hiring process with Kelly feeling UCLA (a Pac-12 school in a less-pressurized environment) and Frost feeling Nebraska (his alma mater in a similar state) are simply more fitting opportunities.

There's familiarity here between Mullen and Florida.

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Foley didn't interview Mullen for either of his most recent failed football hires - Muschamp and McElwain - and those decisions have sent the Gators football program to a spiral of irrelevancy.

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