Florida offensive coordinator Dan Mullen was named the head football coach at Mississippi State today. It is unknown if he is staying with the Gators through the National Championship game.
Great for Dan Mullen. Coach Mullen has been with Urban Meyer since Utah and worked with him for a couple of seasons at Bowling Green. At 36, he has a great chance to do something, anything with one of the toughest coaching spots on Earth and parlay that into a big time coaching gig. Sly Croom has definitely upgraded the talent in Starkville, but their offense was fetid this year. Dan Mullen has been hired to change that. Mullen is a master of the spread option, so look for the Dawgs to run that offense in Starkville.
From a selfish standpoint, this could be a good thing for the rest of the conference, especially the SEC East. The spread option is a tough offense to teach. No doubt a large part of his success at Florida and Utah has been due to his starting QBs, but Mullen also is a great offensive schemer, always seeming to design game plans that exploit defenses weaknesses. Above all, Mullen is a great teacher, one that Meyer has to replace now.
A side note: Mississippi State’s search was handled very well. They evaluated their best options, reached out to a couple of head coaches they thought they could get (Peterson at Boise State and Dooley at La Tech), and got one of the best coordinators available. I agree with PWD, there is another A&M college in the SEC West that could learn a thing or two from them.