Sports, Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen is Florida's new top target and a decision is expected by the end of the day Sunday. He now holds a 69-46 (33-39 SEC) head coaching record and has led the Bulldogs to seven consecutive winning seasons. Assuming this deal gets done, Mullen will be reunited with AD Scott Stricklin, who worked with the coach from 2010-2016 when he was serving in that capacity at Mississippi State.
"As I said, I'm very, very happy here", Mullen said after Mississippi State's Egg Bowl loss to Ole Miss. He has been a rumored candidate for the opening at Tennessee, also in the SEC, but Florida looks like a far better fit.
Mississippi State is reportedly set to go "all in" to keep Mullen as of Friday morning (which surely hasn't changed), and bump his salary from $4.5 million to $6 million.
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According to officials, no participants of the contest, who were staying at the hotel, were injured in the blaze. In a later post he offered his condolences the families and promised an investigation to find the fire's causes.
Multiple sources on the UT campus, as well as people close to members of UT's Board of Trustees, indicate that first-year athletics director John Currie could potentially wrap up his search by the close of the weekend or first of next week. Mullen is a noted quarterback tutor, as his protégées include Alex Smith, Tim Tebow and Dak Prescott. His Bulldogs played in eight-straight bowl games, which is also a program record.
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.