Gators make splash hire with Dan Mullen

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The Florida Gators are reportedly targeting former offensive coordinator and current Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen to fill their head coaching vacancy, according to Yahoo Sports' Pete Thamel. Mullen led the Bulldogs to an 8-4 record this year, and in spite of their loss to the University of MS on Thursday, they will be playing in a bowl game for the eighth straight season. Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin, who was Mullen's former boss at MSU, knows enough about him from hands-on experience to decide whether he's a good fit.

Mississippi State has won its last two bowl games, most recently defeating Miami (Ohio) in the St. Petersburg Bowl a year ago.

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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.

The Gators went 4-7 this season for just their second losing season since 1979. Schiano has served as Ohio State's defensive coordinator for two seasons after spending three years as the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Get the best sports content from the web and social in the new B/R app. Mullen's 69 wins are the 2nd most in program history, behind Jackie Sherrill's 75. Stricklin and Mullen worked together in Starkville, Mississippi, from 2009 to 2016.

In February, Mississippi State director of athletics John Cohen announced he was giving Mullen four-year contract extension through February 2021.

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