Florida football: The top moments of Dan Mullen’s coaching career

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Dan Mullen will be formally introduced as the Florida Gators’ football coach at 3 p.m.

The 45-year-old is making his second stint with the Gators, having previously served as Florida’s offensive coordinator under Urban Meyer from 2005-2008. The Gators won two national championships in that span before he accepted the head coaching job at Mississippi State that he held from 2009-2017.

Here’s a look the top moments of Mullen’s career.

His Utah tenure

Serving as the quarterbacks coach at Utah under Urban Meyer gave Mullen his first true opportunity to prove what he could do as a coach. The Utes went 22-2 during his two year stint in 2003 and 2004. He coached Alex Smith for two seasons and developed him into a No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft. When Meyer earned the head coaching job at Florida, he brought Mullen along with him to serve as offensive coordinator.

The 2006 national championship

The Florida Gators won their second national championship with a 41-14 blowout over Ohio State in Meyer and Mullen’s second year. The Gators put up 34 points in the first half and never looked back, racking up 370 yards without giving up a turnover in the process. It capped off a year in which Florida went 13-1 despite facing the toughest schedule in college football.

The 2007-2008 seasons

Florida’s offense took off to new heights in his final two years in Gainesville. The Gators averaged more than 42 points per game each year — a feat accomplished one other time in school history (1994-1996). The Gators capped off that final year with their second national title in three years.

Dec. 11, 2008

Two days after the Gators won the 2008 SEC Championship Game, Mullen was named the head coach at Mississippi State. It was the first chance for him to lead a program. Mullen stayed on staff at Florida through the national championship game.

Jan. 8, 2009

Speaking of that national championship game, the Gators won it with a 24-14 win over No. 2 Oklahoma to clinch their second title in a three-year span. Florida scored 10 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, capped by a 4-yard touchdown pass from Tim Tebow to David Nelson with 3:07 left to play.

The 2014 season

While Mullen had already done a solid job turning around a perennially weak Mississippi State program, 2014 was the pinnacle of his success with the Bulldogs. He led Mississippi State to a 10-3 record, finished second in the SEC West and was named the Maxwell Football Club Coach of the Year. The Bulldogs opened the year with nine straight wins and were ranked as high as No. 1 in the AP poll for four weeks before losing to Alabama on Nov. 15. The Bulldogs made an appearance in the Orange Bowl — the second major-bowl berth in Mississippi State history.

Nov. 26, 2017

After nine years and a 69-46 record at Mississippi State, Mullen agreed to become the next head coach at Florida, replacing Jim McElwain. It will be his second stint with the Gators, who went a combined 52-36 in the past seven years over two coaching staffs.

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