MSU's Dan Mullen could become Florida Gator

Taylor Byrd
November 27, 2017

The University of Tennessee's search for its next football coach is not officially two weeks old, but sources close to the process of finding Butch Jones' replacement believe the Vols could have their next head coach within 72 hours. The Vols are also looking to pick up their first conference win of the season.

When the Florida job opened in 2015, former Gator athletic director Jeremy Foley immediately dismissed Mullen as a candidate.

Other names that have come up besides Mullen is Ohio State assistant Greg Schiano and Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell.

The Gators went 4-7 this season for just their second losing season since 1979.

Mullen has two connections to Florida.

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ESPN's Chris Low reports that Florida is finalizing a contract with Mississippi State HC Dan Mullen to serve in the same capacity. 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.

In February, Mississippi State director of athletics John Cohen announced he was giving Mullen four-year contract extension through February 2021.

That's because the school plans to give him a pay raise and are going "all in" to keep him, according to Sports Illustrated's Bruce Feldman.

In 2010, Mississippi State earned its first No. 1 overall ranking in program history and finished with a 10-3 (6-2 SEC) overall record, earning Mullen several coaching honors including the AP and Athlon SEC Coach of the Year awards and the Maxwell Football Club Coach of the Year award.

Mullen has led Mississippi State to 69 victories with 49 loses over nine years.

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