Dan Mullen introduced at Florida
They say when it rains it pours and yesterday the world of college football was under a flashflood warning. Yet another coaching announcement from the Magnolia State has Mississippi State looking for its next head man.
Today, Dan Mullen was officially introduced as the next coach of the Florida Gators where he was formerly the offensive coordinator under Urban Meyer. In between those two stints in Gainesville, Mullen led the Bulldogs for nine seasons, accumulating 69 wins during that stretch, and the second most in program history.
He was also named both National and SEC Coach of the Year in 2014 with MSU earning its first ever number one ranking in the AP poll era as well as the like for the first ever College Football Playoff rankings.
That’s what Mullen leaves behind in Starkville, ready to take on this new challenge in the SEC East. “We were in a good situation, but we were ready and excited for a new challenge. And when the opportunity comes to come to the University of Florida, I don’t know if there’s anywhere I’d rather be than here. I don’t know if there’s a better job in America than here. When you have that opportunity, you can’t pass up the opportunity to come to the premier program in the country. Makes it pretty easy for me to get up every morning, and completely commit myself to the success of this program because I’m here living my dream.”
Mullen was part of Florida’s two national championships and had a lot to do with Tim Tebow’s success while he was there. He’ll be making six million dollars per year as part of his new six year contract.
Now one of the names MSU was reportedly targeting to take over for Mullen has ties to Mississippi and that’s former Southern Miss Head Coach Todd Monken.
That ship appears to have sailed as the Hattiesburg American reports the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator is happily employed in the NFL and won’t be returning to the college ranks at least just yet.
Multiple reports now have Alabama Defensive Coordinator Jeremy Pruitt as a top candidate to become the 33rd head coach at Mississippi State.
This is just the latest in what’s been a completely bonkers season for SEC coaches as there have now been six of them losing their jobs dating back to Hugh Freeze in July.
In the months following his departure have been a string of terminations, starting with Florida’s Jim McElwain, who was fired on October 29th. Two weeks later, Butch Jones was let go at Tennessee. This weekend was the end of the road for both Bret Bielema of Arkansas and Kevin Sumlin of Texas A&M.