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Gators’ Dan Mullen: I haven’t talked with NFL teams about coaching jobs

Florida offensive coordinator reportedly interviewed for the head coaching job at South Carolina
Florida Gators coach Dan Mullen was asked whether his camp has talked with any NFL teams.
Florida Gators coach Dan Mullen was asked whether his camp has talked with any NFL teams. [ RANDY SARTIN | AP ]
Published Dec. 6, 2020

As the coaching carousel spins in the sport, you might hear Florida Gators coach Dan Mullen mentioned as a possible NFL hire. It has happened before (like a potential Dallas reunion with Dak Prescott that never got close to materializing). It might happen again.

After Saturday night’s win over Tennessee, Mullen was asked whether his camp has been contacted by any NFL teams about possible openings.

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“No, I haven’t talked to anybody from the NFL,” Mullen said. “But they’re like in the middle of their season still. I’m just happy to be the head coach for the Florida Gators right now, getting ready to go to Atlanta and play for an SEC championship. That’s what we’ve worked really hard for. I’m going to really just enjoy that.”

Interpret that however you wish.

The other immediate UF concern centers on offensive coordinator Brian Johnson who, according to a report from Football Scoop, recently interviewed for the head coaching job at South Carolina.

Mullen has previously said that he thinks Johnson will be a great hire, whenever someone is ready to give him the chance. Saturday night, Mullen he thinks he personally gets too much credit and that his staff is “very underrated.”

“I think our coaches would do an awesome job (as head coaches),” Mullen said. “I’d love to see guys like (defensive coordinator) Todd Grantham to get opportunities to go be a head coach. With Brian, with all our guys, that’s what everybody wants and their dreams. I think programs would be really pleased if they gave those guys an opportunity to go show what they can do.”