Thamel: Dan Mullen targeted to be next head coach at Florida

Thamel: Dan Mullen targeted to be next head coach at Florida

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. Assuming this deal gets done, Mullen will be reunited with AD Scott Stricklin, who worked with the coach from 2010-2016 when he was serving in that capacity at Mississippi State.

Yahoo Sports' Pete Thamel reported the Gators have been in contact with Mullen since Friday, and Florida could have a final decision about its new head coach by the end of the day Sunday.

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

Mississippi State fans are sure to be disappointed with the development, but this could be quite the rivalry in the SEC for years to come.

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Florida made a huge move here and Mullen, 45, knows what it takes to win in the SEC and he's going to have more resources to succeed in Gainesville. Foley and Mullen did not have a strong relationship during his time as Florida's coordinator.

Mullen was hired at Mississippi State in December of 2008, replacing Sylvester Croom.

Some might be concerned about whether Mullen has the ideal personality to bring genuine buzz to Florida football, but do you really care as long as he fixes the offense? Along with coaching quarterback Tim Tebow at Florida, Mullen also coached Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith at Utah and Dallas Cowboys star Dak Prescott at Mississippi State.

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