Florida close to hiring coach from another SEC school

Posted November 27, 2017

Given the volatility of the college football coaching carousel, the Gators landing Mullen would be a solid choice when you consider his reputation for developing quarterbacks - something Florida's woeful offense desperately needs - and the fact he made a bottom-feeder SEC program fairly relevant.

"But hey, money talks", Prescott said.

In nine seasons in Starkville, the 45-year-old Mullen is 69-46 with the Bulldogs and 33-39 in the SEC, a respectable record given the school's mediocre history. 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. Mississippi State will play in a bowl game for the eighth straight season.

Following the 2014 season, Mullen criticized former defensive coordinator Geoff Collins for leaving MSU for the same position at Florida calling it a "lateral move".

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A major factor in Mullen's hire is athletic director Scott Stricklin. Kelly took the UCLA job last week and Frost reportedly turned down Florida's overtures on Sunday morning.

This will mark the first time since the end of the 1938 season that both Mississippi State and Ole Miss were left looking for new head coaches at the same time.

Campbell has become one of the hottest coaching prospects in the nation after leading Iowa State to a surprising 7-4 record including wins against Big 12 giants Oklahoma and TCU.

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