Florida is reportedly finalizing a deal with Dan Mullen to be the next head coach, according to multuple outlets. The Gators hired former offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach on Sunday evening.
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.
Florida made a huge move here and Mullen, 45, knows what it takes to win in the SEC and he's going to have more resources to succeed in Gainesville. 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. During that span, Mullen also worked with eventual Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Tim Tebow at Florida.More news: Dog Owners May Have Healthier Hearts, Study Finds
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If it turns out Florida settles for one New Hampshire native, Dan Mullen, as its next head football coach after another one, Chip Kelly, chose to bolt for UCLA, that's a pretty good consolation prize.
Mississippi State fans are sure to be disappointed with the development, but this could be quite the rivalry in the SEC for years to come. Like Tebow, he's one 10 players in FBS history and the second player in SEC history to pass for 8,500 yards and rush for 2,000 yards.
Stricklin and Mullen have a solid working relationship, as their time together in Starkville included a boom in high-end facilities and Mississippi State reaching No. 1 for the first time in program history 2014.