Given the volatility of the college football coaching carousel, the Gators landing Mullen would be a solid choice when you consider his reputation for developing quarterbacks - something Florida's woeful offense desperately needs - and the fact he made a bottom-feeder SEC program fairly relevant. He now holds a 69-46 (33-39 SEC) head coaching record and has led the Bulldogs to seven consecutive winning seasons. He also worked under Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin at Mississippi State, when Stricklin was AD in Starksville from 2010-2016.
Mullen was formerly an assistant coach at Florida during Urban Meyer's stint at the school. Mississippi State reached #1 in the polls for the first time in school history in 2014, along with receiving an invite to the 2014 Orange Bowl against Georgia Tech.
If Gruden doesn't take the job, the Vols will look at two other coaching candidates, according to SEC Country's Brian Stultz.
Mullen also reportedly was under consideration for the Tennessee job.
Mullen was hired at Mississippi State in December of 2008, replacing Sylvester Croom.
In February, Mississippi State director of athletics John Cohen announced he was giving Mullen four-year contract extension through February 2021.