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Dan Mullen leaving for Mississippi State



Florida offensive coordinator Dan Mullen has accepted the head coaching job at Mississippi State, a source at Florida has confirmed. This will be the first job as a head coach for Mullen.

An announcement could come as early as this afternoon. He will replace Sylvester Croom, who resigned at the end of the Bulldogs' season after five years. Croom was the SEC's first black head coach.

Mullen, who has been UF coach Urban Meyer's quarterbacks coach since his days at Utah, began talks with Mississippi State following the SEC Championship game, Meyer said Sunday night.

Meyer is in Seminole fulfilling an obligation for the BCS bowl and could not immediately be reached for comment. Whether Mullen will stay on as offensive coordinator through the national championship game is unknown, although Meyer said Sunday night he has twice taken a new job, but stayed to coach in a bowl game and it can be done effectively.

What effect Mullen's decision will have on quarterback Tim Tebow remains to be seen. Tebow said Sunday night that if Mullen were to leave, it might have an impact on his decision whether to bypass his senior season.

"That would be something I would look at,'' Tebow said. "He’s a really good coach and obviously he’s going to get looked at because of what he’s done and his history with quarterbacks - he’s done pretty good. That’s something I’d really have to look at.''

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:43pm]


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