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Will Dan Mullen jump to the NFL?

Florida head coach Dan Mullen speaks with players before the first half of the Southeastern Conference championship NCAA college football game between Florida and Alabama, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Florida head coach Dan Mullen speaks with players before the first half of the Southeastern Conference championship NCAA college football game between Florida and Alabama, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

In three seasons as the Gators head coach, Dan Mullen has won double-digit games twice and this season, he led the Gators to the SEC championship game. That success is enough to draw attention from the NFL.

Mullen has been mentioned as a potential candidate for the New York Jets head coaching job, made available when the Jets fired Adam Gase Sunday. ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Fox’s Jay Glazier each brought up Mullen’s name Sunday morning before the Jets’ job was open.

NFL network also linked Mullen to the Jets job.

When asked about a potential move to the NFL before the Cotton Bowl, Mullen said, “It’s not something I’ve thought about. But if it’s something, as opportunities present themselves, like everything in the world, you take things as they come and you visit them and you sit down and reflect where you’re at in your life.”

Not exactly a denial.

Mullen has no NFL experience, having coached in the college ranks since 1994. Before coming to Florida, he was the head coach at Mississippi State from 2009-2017.

Mullens track record with quarterbacks is a plus for NFL teams. Mullen worked with Alex Smith, Tim Tebow, Dak Prescott, and this season, Kyle Trask. Mullen just completed the third year of a six-year contract with Florida.


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