FSU Rivals: Fans react to Florida Gators hiring Dan Mullen

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Mullen's innovative offensive style combined with his familiarity with the Florida football program makes him a ideal fit for a team in desperate need of an offensive boost. Dan Mullen has been the catalyst of that success and we wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors.

As Florida football rumors continue to swirl while the Gators look to fill the program's head coaching vacancy, Mississippi State's Dan Mullen has reportedly emerged as a top target.

There were some rumors that Florida could turn it's attention to UCF's Scott Frost, who is responsible for the Knights' incredible turnaround, but Nebraska seems like a more likely option for him.

Stricklin vowed to make Florida fun again when he parted ways with coach Jim McElwain last month. When the Bulldogs receive a bowl invitation next week, it will be their eighth under Mullen.




Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen gives an official a stare during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Alabama in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. He is 5-2 in bowls. Stricklin noted the 45-year-old coach's success in tutoring quarterbacks such as Alex Smith, Chris Leak, Tim Tebow, Dak Prescott and Nick Fitzgerald, which bodes well for his chances of coaxing better play from Gators signal-callers.

Following the 2014 season, Mullen criticized former defensive coordinator Geoff Collins for leaving MSU for the same position at Florida calling it a "lateral move".

Yahoo Sports and ESPN have reported Mullen to be the Gator's choice.

Mullen has been with the Bulldogs for nine years and is 69-46. Mullen has plenty of knowledge of the program, as he served as Urban Meyer's offensive coordinator during a three-year span in which the Gators won two national titles. Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin, who was Mullen's former boss at MSU, knows enough about him from hands-on experience to decide whether he's a good fit.

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