Florida expected to hire Dan Mullen

Florida expected to hire Dan Mullen

He also worked at Florida previously as an assistant during the extremely successful Urban Meyer era.

The Florida Gators filled their head coaching vacancy on Sunday with a familiar face.

The coaching carousel is spinning at a fast pace, and it has taken Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen back in Gainseville, Florida, as the new head coach of the Florida Gators, two sources confirm to CBS Sports. In their nine years here, Dan and Megan have been wonderful ambassadors to Mississippi State University and the entire city of Starkville. It's a tribute to Dan and to MSU that he has drawn the interest of several premier football programs around the country. Before Mullen's arrival in 2009, Mississippi State had seasons with at least eight losses in seven of the previous eight years.

"In anticipation of this development, MSU has already begun the process of an orderly and expeditious transition to new and exciting leadership for our football program".

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.

The Florida offense has been beyond anemic, only scoring three offensive touchdowns against a Charles Kelly led FSU defense since 2014. He won two titles during his four years (2005-08) at Florida.

Running backs coach Greg Knox has been selected as State's interim head coach for the Bulldogs' pending bowl game.

Stricklin vowed to make Florida fun again when he parted ways with coach Jim McElwain last month.

Mullen is best known for developing quarterbacks.

"I don't judge by emotion, I judge by body of work", Arizona State athletic director Ray Anderson said. Stricklin noted the 45-year-old coach's success in tutoring quarterbacks such as Alex Smith, Chris Leak, Tim Tebow, Dak Prescott and Nick Fitzgerald, which bodes well for his chances of coaxing better play from Gators signal-callers.