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Dan Mullen leading candidate at Florida

Posted on: December 26, 2009 10:46 pm
Edited on: December 26, 2009 10:52 pm
Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen may emerge as the leading candidate at Florida in the aftermath of Urban Meyer stepping down Saturday night.

The key to the new hire is the state of the Florida staff. The move must be made quickly and in the heart of recruiting season. In most cases, that means hiring a coach who would want to bring in an entirely new staff or, at least, forcing the new coach to keep the core of Meyer's staff.

That staff is in the process of landing what looks like another top 10 class. Transitioning in the middle of the recruiting season could be messy. That's why Mullen seems like the ideal answer. Florida's former offensive coordinator would be able to keep the staff and recruiting together. Mississippi State finished 5-7 in its first season under Mullen.

Mullen has been with Meyer since 2001 when he was hired as Bowling Green's quarterbacks coach. A member of the "New Hampshire Mafia", Mullen shares offensive philosophies with LSU's Gary Crowton and Oregon's Chip Kelly. All three are from New Hampshire. It was Mullen's offense that made Tim Tebow a star and made his successor John Brantely want to stick around for three years to get the starting job. The key for Florida is continuity.

Mullen is in the process of hiring a defensive coordinator after losing Carl Torbush to Kansas. One player who won't be coming with him is quarterback Cam Newton, one of top junior college prospects. Newton was being recruited heavily by Mullen. Both were at Florida a couple of years ago when Newton was thrown off the team for allegedly stealing a laptop. He has emerged from his juco experience as a five-star prospect.

Mullen just completed the first of a four-year contract that is paying him $1.2 million per season.

Other names attached to the opening include Jon Gruden, Bobby Petrino, Bob Stoops, Steve Spurrier, Kyle Whittingham and Mike Shanahan

Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2009 2:23 pm

Dan Mullen leading candidate at Florida

It's a moot point now since it looks like Urban changed his mind

Since: Aug 24, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2009 1:38 pm

Dan Mullen leading candidate at Florida

I think Strong is a good second choice. Remember the Mullen has now a year under his belt as the top man somewhere. Plus ut's his offence last year at Florida that would have won it all again this year had it been there. He has the ability to recrute (like Tebow) and has the fire like Meyer. He has to be first choice.

Since: Aug 24, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2009 1:27 pm

Dan Mullen leading candidate at Florida

Granted Florida is one of the best college coaching jobs in the country. But Shanahan? Come on folks, this guy is in lone for jobs like the Cowboy's in the big league. That would be like Saban leaving Bama for Miss, state.

Since: May 24, 2008
Posted on: December 27, 2009 1:03 pm

Dan Mullen leading candidate at Florida

While Mullen is logical (though Bob Stoops makes the most sense), the hiring of Mullen would just seem unethical. Mullen left to take a head coaching job at Mississippi State, so why shouldn't he have to live up to the contract? If a player transferred from one school to another, he is required by the NCAA to sit out a year (unless a hardship can be proven). If Mullen were to go to Florida, the university should be required to forfeit some scholarships. They won't, but allowing the move of Mullen (which would be an excellent hire) would only emphasize the hypocraisy that is college athletics.Yell

Since: Dec 24, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2009 12:58 pm

Chris Petersen

If I was Florida, I'd want someone with at least 4 years of successful head-coaching experience.

Dan Mullen? He's been in the shadow, learning from the man. But only one-year head coaching experience. Too early to tell if he's got what it takes.

Charlie Strong? He can't back out of the Lousiville gig. That's like dropping your prom date at the last minute.

Steve Sarkisian? Good potential. Led big changes in attitude at Washington. Mentored by one of the best. But only 1-year of experience.

Klye Whittingham? He's got a good gig at Utah. It's stressful enough. And his buddy Urban may warn him away from increasing the stress.

Chris Petersen? He should be on the short list. True, he inherited a program that was already rolling. But I claim that he was part of what made it successful in the first place. He was the offsensive coordinator under Dan Hawkins. Look at what Hawkins as done at Colorado versus what Petersen has done at Boise State. Perhaps it was Petersen all the time. Besides, Flordia isn't exactly rebuilding. Someone who has proven that they can keep a successful program rolling should be given a good hard long look.

So... After Bob Stoops and Mike Shanahan say "no"... Chris Petersen will be there for the picking.

Since: Oct 26, 2008
Posted on: December 27, 2009 12:41 pm

Dan Mullen leading candidate at Florida

Boise St. was already there, he has just continued what was started with the two previous coaches.

Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2009 12:38 pm

Dan Mullen leading candidate at Florida

I seriously doubt Mike Shanahan would want to coach college football especially when there are NFL teams lining up for him after the season.

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2009 12:34 pm

Dan Mullen leading candidate at Florida

Why not Charlie Strong?  One word...ethics.  Backtracking so quickly on a commitment would be a very bad move.  Of course Donovan did it, so maybe it's just a Florida thing!

Since: Aug 14, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2009 12:24 pm

Dan Mullen leading candidate at Florida

Mike Shanahan seems like the best option to keep the tebowless florida in BCS contention.  I cant believe he is interested in the Bears.  Why a QB who throws more interceptions than TDs, and a RB who might not reach 1,000 yards?

Since: Dec 27, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2009 12:14 pm

Dan Mullen leading candidate at Florida

So how long will it take Notre Dame to fire Kelly once Urban has decided he's feeling better, say in three years?

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