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Mississippi State hires Florida coordinator Dan Mullen to be head coach

Another dreadful college program in seek of its savoir. From ESPN-

Mississippi State will introduce Florida offensive coordinator Dan Mullen as its next football coach on Thursday morning in Starkville.

Terms of the deal are not known.

“A lot of people get in this profession and when you have head coaching opportunities, they’re very rare,” Florida coach Urban Meyer said at news conference in Hollywood, Fla. “Head coaching opportunities in the Southeastern Conference at a young age is a great honor. So [Tim Tebow] had the same exact reaction that I did: Doggone it, but we wish you well.”

Mullen, 36, fits the profile Mississippi State was searching for: a high-energy personality, a strong recruiter and an offensive background. In addition, Mullen knows the SEC after four years of working with Meyer in Gainesville — something that gave him an advantage over Oklahoma’s Kevin Wilson, another high-profile offensive coordinator interviewed for the job.

It is unclear whether Mullen will stay with Florida through the FedEx BCS National Championship Game against Oklahoma.

Most coordinators stay for the bowl game but there have been exceptions. MSU hasn’t been to a bowl for 8 years and has been dreadful since Jackie Sherrill retired. With plenty of better programs in the area trying to get the same recruits as MSU, Mullen has his work cut out for him.

Update- MSU was to a bowl game last year. I apologize to the commenter who sent me the correction. It wasn’t my intention to delete your comment.

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