Mullen leaving MSU for Florida

Lynette Rowe
November 27, 2017

Mullen has been the head coach of Mississippi State since 2009, and from 2010 to 2016, he worked with current Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin, as Stricklin was the athletic director of Mississippi State at the time.

"But hey, money talks", Prescott said.

Mullen is 69-46 in nine seasons at Mississippi State, with an 8-4 record heading into a bowl game this year. One of four players in FBS history and the second player in SEC history (Tim Tebow) to throw for 70 touchdowns and rush for 40 touchdowns in a career.

He was named the first-team All-SEC quarterback in both 2014 and 2015.

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. Mississippi State will play in a bowl game for the eighth straight season.

Is Mullen the absolutely best choice for Florida?

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The news comes after the Gators whiffed on Chip Kelly, who opted to return to the Pac-12 with the UCLA Bruins.

Former Mississippi State Athletic Director Scott Sticklin is now Athletic Director at Florida and has reportedly been in contact with Mullen about the position.

Mullen is now the second-longest tenured head coach in the Southeastern Conference and has produced more bowl game victories (five) and bowl appearances (seven straight) than any coach in school history.

Mullen replaces Jim McElwain, who was sacked in midseason. The unbeaten season comes just two seasons after the Knights went winless.

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