When the Florida football program fired head coach Jim McElwain, rumors regarding who could fill the vacancy in Gainesville immediately began to circulate.
One name attached to those rumors was Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen.
Mullen served as offensive coordinator under Urban Meyer when the Gators won the national championship in 2006 and 2008, so he knows what it takes to get the program to the highest level.
The Rebels leading man is also familiar with Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin, who Mullen worked under at Mississippi State.
So with the connections, it makes sense that Mullen would be linked to the job. But does he have any interest? While Mullen did say he was happy in Starkville, he stopped short of squashing the rumors completely.
“I’m really happy here,” Mullen said, via Robbie Faulk of the Sun Herald.
“I think when you look at what we have in the program and the administration. I haven’t really thought much about it. I’ve been here long enough. As the year goes on it gets in to that silly season and who is going where.”
Mullen seems like a guy who would be able to fix the Florida offense and he has done great work with quarterbacks in the past — most notably Alex Smith, Tim Tebow and Dak Prescott — so there’s no doubt that Gators would be interested if Mullen was willing to jump ship.
It just looks like we will have to wait until the end of the season, however, to see if the seemingly perfect match comes together.