Published: Пн, Ноября 27, 2017
World | By Tasha Manning

Gene Frenette: If Mullen is next UF coach, solid choice for Gators

Gene Frenette: If Mullen is next UF coach, solid choice for Gators

Dan Mullen's quest for a new head coaching job didn't take long, as he reportedly agreed to lead the University of Florida's football team Sunday.

Mullen, 45, will replace former coach Jim McElwain after he was sacked on October 31 in the wake of Florida's 42-7 loss to Georgia that dropped the Gators' record to 3-4.

He left Florida to become the head coach at Mississippi State in 2009, where he built a consistent victor, posting a school-record three seasons with at least nine wins. Stricklin is a Mississippi State alum and was part of the search committee who hired Mullen away from Florida under former MSU athletic director Greg Byrne.

Mullen helped develop quarterbacks Alex Smith, Tim Tebow and Dak Prescott.

Mullen also reportedly was under consideration for the Tennessee job.

The decision to hire Mullen came quickly after former National Football League and OR head coach Chip Kelly chose UCLA. Stricklin was Mississippi State's athletic director for seven of those years.

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Former Gators coach Jim McElwain was sacked in late October after the team was beaten by Georgia.

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.

Florida just completed an absolutely miserable season in which it went 4-7.

AP's source said the Gators are Mullen are working toward a deal.

While Mullen coached his final game for Mississippi State, Stricklin, a 1992 graduate of the school, was visiting his family in Jackson - two hours southwest of Starkville.

Mullen replaces Jim McElwain, who was sacked in midseason.

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