Dan Mullen has been Hired as Florida Gators Head Coach

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Dan Mullen, the Gators’ former two-time national championship-winning offensive coordinator, is headed back to Gainesville.

Dan Mullen, issued a statement saying “Megan and I are very excited to get back to Gainesville and the University of Florida,” Mullen said in a statement released by the school. “I have such great memories of the championships we won during our time here and have a love for Florida. We are happy to be coming back to such a supportive administration, staff, student body and fan base, which is the premier football program in the country. We will give relentless effort in everything that we do on and off the field. Our commitment will match the passion that the Gator Nation has for this program.”

Dan Mullen Coaching Career

Prior to his hiring at Mississippi State, Mullen served as offensive coordinator at the University of Florida and was also under Urban Meyer at the University of Utah, where he was quarterback coach of the Utes during their undefeated 2004 season. He developed quarterback Alex Smith into the number 1 overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft. After Meyer left to take the head coaching position at Florida, Mullen served as the interim offensive coordinator during Utah’s Fiesta Bowl victory over Pitt. During his tenure at Utah, he also recruited and partially developed Brian Johnson, a quarterback who led Utah to 13–0 and a Sugar Bowl victory in 2009. He also served as quarterback coach under Meyer at Bowling Green in 2001–02.

As a coach, Mullen has tutored several notable players, including quarterbacks Smith (Utah), Josh Harris (Bowling Green), Chris Leak (Florida), Heisman Trophy-winner Tim Tebow (Florida), and Dak Prescott (Mississippi State).

Mullen, along with former San Francisco 49ers head coach Chip Kelly, and former Winnipeg Blue Bombers offensive coordinator Gary Crowton, are part of the so-called “New Hampshire mafia” as they all have strong connections to New Hampshire.

The University of Florida fired head football coach Jim McElwain a day after a 42-7 loss to Georgia that dropped the team to 3-4, according to a release put out by the school.