The Florida Gators are set to hire Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen to the same position, according to Ryan Bass of CBS Tampa 10 News.
Source: Dan Mullen’s lawyer is in Mississippi State AD John Cohen’s office currently negotiating his buyout. Mullen to #Gators is happening. Announcement expected today.— Ryan Bass (@Ry_Bass) November 26, 2017
Source tells @juanctoribio and myself #UCF’s Scott Frost was offered and turned down the #Gators job this morning, which is why they pivoted to Dan Mullen.— Ryan Bass (@Ry_Bass) November 26, 2017
Mullen was the offensive coordinator at Florida from 2005-2008, winning two national championships under Urban Meyer, before leaving for the Mississippi State head job. He was a candidate to replace Will Muschamp before the Gators hired Jim McElwain but opted to not pursue the job in Gainesville at that time.
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Florida had been targeting Chip Kelly to replace McElwain, but he chose the UCLA job over the Gators. They then turned their attention to UCF's Scott Frost, who is also being pursued by Nebraska, where he played quarterback in the late 1990's. Frost turning down the Florida job suggests that he will take the Nebraska job.
Mullen is 69–46 in nine seasons with the Bulldogs, including an 8-4 mark this season.
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