Dan Mullen stepped of the plane doing the Gator Chomp. He is touted as one of the best quarterback gurus in the game, and his track record speaks for itself. That includes a productive stint as Florida's offensive coordinator before an impressive, nine-year run as head coach at Mississippi State.
Three days after Mississippi State's regular season came to an end with a loss to Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl, Dan Mullen was officially announced as the new head coach at Florida. He played a substantial role in the college careers of Alex Smith (Utah), Tebow (Florida), Dak Prescott (Mississippi State) and current Mississippi State starter Nick Fitzgerald.
Some might be concerned about whether Mullen has the ideal personality to bring genuine buzz to Florida football, but should Gator fans really care as long as he fixes the offense? He has been a rumored candidate for the opening at Tennessee, also in the SEC, but Florida looks like a far better fit.
Mullen's return to Gainesville reunites him with former Mississippi State athletic director Scott Stricklin, who has been in charge of Florida's athletic department for the past 13 months. Mullen also led MSU to the No. 1 ranking in the first ever College Football Playoff Rankings in 2014 and an Orange Bowl trip later that year. The 1966 Heisman Trophy victor at Florida, Spurrier led the program to its first national title 30 years later.
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"I have such great memories of the championships we won during our time here and have a love for Florida", Mullen said Sunday in a statement. We are happy to be coming back to such a supportive administration, staff, student body and fan base, which is the premier football program in the country. We have bright young men who proudly represent our program every day in the classroom, community and on the field.
Mullen's hiring Sunday ended a four-week process to replace Jim McElwain that left Gator Nation drained of energy.
Mullen inherits a Florida team that lacks a capable quarterback and has its worst scoring defense since 1946. Ultimately, it's possible that both schools wound up with the right coach, given Kelly's success at Pac-12 rival OR from 2009 to 2012. Mullen may not have as splashy a name as Kelly does, but he has a very good chance at making some major ripples in a conference where he has already proven up to the challenge.