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Florida hires Dan Mullen

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By Anthony Caruso III| Publisher

The Florida Gators have officially hired Dan Mullen to lead its program moving forward. Athletic director Scott Stricklin settled on Mullen after being turned down for Chip Kelly and Scott Frost.

As Kelly and Frost have — and likely will be with Frost as he moved to Nebraska — Stricklin settled on a guy he already knew. And Mullen returns to Gainesville, Florida, where he was previously the offensive coordinator.

Former Mississippi State Bulldogs head coach Dan Mullen will be the new Florida Gators head coach (Getty Images)

Former Mississippi State Bulldogs head coach Dan Mullen will be the new Florida Gators head coach (Getty Images)

He spent four seasons as the Gators offensive coordinator under Urban Meyer. Together, the duo helped the Gators to two national championships in 2006 and 2008.

Also, before Stricklin became the Gators athletic director, he was the Mississippi State athletic director.

Mullen spent the past nine seasons as the Bulldogs Head Coach. While there, he went 69-46.

His final game as the Bulldogs Head Coach, the Ole Miss Rebels won the Egg Bowl.

Mullen replaces Jim McElwain and Randy Shannon. After McElwain was fired in October, Shannon took over on an interim basis.

The Gators struggles offensively this season. Stricklin hopes that Mullen could help Feleipe Franks into a proven quarterback in his sophomore season.

Mullen has worked with several quarterbacks, who moved onto the NFL. While at Florida, he mentored Gators legend, Tim Tebow.

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