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Dan Mullen is leaving Mississippi State to coach the Florida Gators

Mississippi State has joined Ole Miss in the search for a new football coach.

Florida announced Sunday it has hired Mullen as its next coach. Mullen spent the previous eight seasons at Mississippi State where he accumulated a 69-46 record, including a 33-39 mark in SEC play.

Mullen replaces Jim McElwain, who was fired in October after going 22-12 in two-plus seasons at the helm for the Gators but struggled to field competent offenses.

“I strongly believe Dan is the most prepared candidate to have immediate and long-term success at the University of Florida,” Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin said in a statement. “Coach Mullen is one of the best offensive minds in all of college football, and has an unbelievable track record in tutoring successful quarterbacks.”

It marks a return to Gainesville for Mullen, who helped lead Florida to two national championships as the Gators’ offensive coordinator from 2005-08. He’s also had stints as the quarterbacks coach at Utah (2003-04) and Bowling Green (2001-02).

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Davis Potter, The Oxford Eagle

Davis Potter covers Ole Miss sports for the Oxford Eagle.

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Davis Potter, The Oxford Eagle

Davis Potter covers Ole Miss sports for the Oxford Eagle.

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