Given the volatility of the college football coaching carousel, the Gators landing Mullen is 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.
University of Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin, left, smiles as he talks to Florida's new football coach Dan Mullen after Mullen arrived at the airport in Gainesville on Monday.
The Dan Mullen era has ended at Mississippi State.
Mullen's return to Gainesville has been well received, with Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback and two-time national champion Tim Tebow among the former Florida players who welcomed Mullen and his family back to Gainesville.
"We've built a football program at Mississippi State that has enjoyed unprecedented success over the last nine seasons". It's a tribute to Dan and to MSU that he has drawn the interest of several premier football programs around the country.
After Mullen and athletic director John Cohen met with the team on Sunday night, many looked forward to what was ahead of them.
Mississippi State is reportedly set to go "all in" to keep Mullen as of Friday morning (which surely hasn't changed), and bump his salary from $4.5 million to $6 million. Mullen was previously the OC at Florida from 2005-08 before leading the Bulldogs to 69 wins during his time at MSU.
Stricklin vowed to make Florida fun again when he parted ways with coach Jim McElwain last month.
Still, the 45-year-old Mullen has a resume that's hard to ignore. Before Mullen's arrival in 2009, Mississippi State had seasons with at least eight losses in seven of the previous eight years.
Running backs coach Greg Knox has been selected as State's interim head coach for the Bulldogs' pending bowl game. Under Meyer at Utah, Mullen was responsible for the evolution of eventual number one pick, Alex Smith.