Gene Frenette: It took longer than Gators wanted, but Mullen solid choice

Gene Frenette: It took longer than Gators wanted, but Mullen solid choice

Gene Frenette: It took longer than Gators wanted, but Mullen solid choice

Given the volatility of the college football coaching carousel, the Gators landing Mullen is a solid choice when you consider his reputation for developing quarterbacks - something Florida's woeful offense desperately needs - and the fact he made a bottom-feeder SEC program fairly relevant. Dan Mullen has been the catalyst of that success and we wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors.

Florida ultimately settled for one New Hampshire native, Dan Mullen, as its next head football coach Sunday after another one, Chip Kelly, chose to bolt for UCLA, but the Gators ended up with a pretty good consolation prize.

Mullen replaced former UF coach Jim McElwain, who was sacked October 29 and making $4.5 million a year.

Still, Mullen, 45, has a résumé that is hard to ignore.

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

He clearly overachieved at Mississippi State, which had lost at least eight games in seven of the eight seasons before Mullen's arrival. He is second on the school's all-time coaching win list behind Jackie Sherrill. Under Meyer at Utah, Mullen was responsible for the evolution of eventual number one pick, Alex Smith. Mississippi State also was the No. 1 team in the inaugural College Football Playoff rankings.

"Coach Mullen has a very successful track record at Florida and the SEC, which includes his ability to develop student-athletes on and off the field at the highest level", said Florida President Kent Fuchs.

The Gators have depth issues across the board, lack offensive playmakers and were so thin defensively that a former walk-on linebacker played significant snaps.

FSU rival Florida has hired Dan Mullen as its head coach after missing on several targets. "Our commitment will match the passion that the Gator Nation has for this program". According to Pete Thamel of Yahoo!

Mullen has been with the Bulldogs for nine years and is 69-46.

Mullen was offensive coordinator at Florida from 2005-2008, under Urban Meyer with Tim Tebow as the primary quarterback. 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.

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