Florida finalizing deal with Dan Mullen to be next head coach

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Dan Mullen has been targeted to be the next head coach at Florida, according to sources with direct knowledge of the situation.

The Florida Gators are closing in on their new football coach. He also worked under Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin at Mississippi State, when Stricklin was AD in Starksville from 2010-2016. Schiano has served as Ohio State's defensive coordinator for two seasons after spending three years as the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The 45-year-old Mullen is already getting paid $4.5 million, but word is the school is willing to bump him up to around $6 million and also making an even stronger financial commitment to his staff.

No doubt, Florida fans will have a mixed reaction if Mullen ends up being the successor to Jim McElwain. Stricklin was Mississippi State's athletic director for seven of those years.

If Gruden doesn't take the job, the Vols will look at two other coaching candidates, according to SEC Country's Brian Stultz.

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The Gators have mostly sputtered on offense since.

Mullen departs Mississippi State No. 2 on its all-time wins list, six victories shy of Jackie Sherrill's mark.

Mullen's arrival at Florida would bring immediate results on the offensive side of the football.

Florida fired McElwain under unusual circumstances in late October after McElwain made a vague reference to death threats in a press conference and refused to provide details of them to Florida officials.