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It's unclear whether OC Dan Mullen will coach Florida in title game

LAKE BUENA VISTA -- Just spent 30 minutes with UF quarterback Tim Tebow and Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford here at Disney World. ESPN's college football awards show is on Thursday and the awards finalists met with reporters on Wednesday.

Obviously, the story of the day is UF offensive coordinator Dan Mullen's move to Mississippi State. Tebow seemed pretty upset by Mullen's departure on Wednesday. He wasn't mad or anything like that but Tebow and Mullen are very close, so Tebow is sad to see Mullen leaving.

"He's a great coach and I wish him the best of luck," Tebow said. "It'll be sad. I enjoyed playing for him."

Tebow said on Wednesday that he has spent more time with Mullen over the last three years "than anyone on earth, so I think we know each other really well and we're going to miss him a lot."

Tebow also said he didn't know how Mullen's departure would affect his decision to stay at UF for his senior season. "It's something I'm going to have to look at," Tebow said.

Mullen will be introduced as Mississippi State's head coach on Thursday. It's unclear how his new position will affect the Gators' bowl preparations. Mullen, Tebow and UF coach Urban Meyer were each hesitant on Wednesday to say whether or not Mullen will coach in the bowl or help in the bowl's preparation.

Addressing reporters in Fort Lauderdale, Meyer said, "I'm not sure right now whether he will coach in the bowl game or not, but we are going to evaluate it and do whatever gives us the best chance to win the game."

Mullen accepted the position on Wednesday morning and flew to Starkville on Wednesday afternoon. He spoke with reporters at the airport (through a fence, I'm told). On Wednesday, Mullen did not commit to coaching Florida in the bowl game.

"We're going to have to work that out, that's something we're going to decide somewhere later down the road," Mullen said.

Sounds like something that needs to be addressed sooner rather than later.



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Debate: Is it fair to steal Florida's offensive coordinator in the midst of the season, the bowl season, and even causing a distraction going into the National Championship?

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And why would Mullen take the job at this time? Is he to blame for the distraction as well?

LOL at the advertisement.

Hey Dan, get yourself a damn assistant coach now, let him handle everything until you can get on board, and get yourself focused on this friggin title game.

Yesterday I thought Mullen would stay on through the bowl. Today, not so sure.


Send him on with the understanding that he won't steal any recruits. He can't be focused on this game so he needs to go. Of course he should not get any money for work that he does not do, but his big raise should more than make up for the difference, and also he won't get the benefit if we win the big one, no ring etc.

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