Dan Mullen named as Florida's new head football coach

Mullen has track record of tutoring successful quarterbacks

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida has named Dan Mullen as its new head football coach, athletic director Scott Stricklin announced Sunday.

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

Mullen, who helped develop quarterbacks Alex Smith, Tim Tebow and Dak Prescott, will be the 27th head coach in Florida football history.

"Megan and I are very excited to get back to Gainesville and the University of Florida," Mullen said. "I have such great memories of the championships we won during our time here and have a love for Florida. We will give relentless effort in everything that we do on and off the field. Our commitment will match the passion that the Gator Nation has for this program."

Mullen, who spent 2005-08 as Florida's offensive coordinator, returns after spending the past nine seasons as Mississippi State's head coach. 

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