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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.

-jo-

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