Florida Gators Rumors: Dan Mullen 'Targeted' to Be Gators' Next Coach

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The University of Tennessee's search for its next football coach is not officially two weeks old, but sources close to the process of finding Butch Jones' replacement believe the Vols could have their next head coach within 72 hours.

Mullen has two connections to Florida.

Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen is in the last stages of becoming next coach of the Florida Gators according to multiple reports. He's now deciding whether to take the open Nebraska job or stay at UCF.

If it turns out Florida settles for one New Hampshire native, Dan Mullen, as its next head football coach after another one, Chip Kelly, made a decision to bolt for UCLA, that's a pretty good consolation prize. Florida finished its season 4-7 after Saturday's 38-22 loss to Florida State. "I have shared my vision with Athletics Director John Cohen and I am confident that John will move quickly and decisively to fill our coaching vacancy with the best possible person to build on the success of our program".

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That's because the school plans to give him a pay raise and are going "all in" to keep him, according to Sports Illustrated's Bruce Feldman.

Mullen is 69-46 in nine years as the Bulldogs' head coach and it just six wins shy of tying Jackie Sherrill's all-time mark for most career wins at the school.

Mullen recently said that he is "very, very happy" at Mississippi State, per David H. Murray of 247 Sports, but it appears that he could be heading elsewhere soon.