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".More news: Charlie Rose Accused of Sexual Harassment by Eight Women
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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.
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