GAINESVILLE -- Mississippi State held a press conference on Thursday introducing Dan Mullen as its next head coach. Florida plays at Mississippi State on Oct. 24 next season ... slightly interesting.
--Mullen was vague -- wishy-washy even -- when asked about his committment to Florida over the next month. He called it a "fluid situation." Mental note No.1 as new MSU coach: Work on coach speak.
--Mullen said that much of what he will do over the next month depends on Tim Tebow. Mullen didn't really clarify this, but he made it sound like he needs Tebow's formal blessing before officially cutting ties with UF.
--Mullen will make $1.2 million annually. He has agreed to a four-year contract but hasn't signed it yet.
--Mullen schedule this week went from a much needed break at UF to resurrecting the SEC West doormat. Kinda of a change of pace. Mullen is traveling around Mississippi today meeting his fanbase. On Friday he will begin recruiting. On Saturday he will focus on building a staff. No word yet on whether or not any UF assistants will head to MSU with Mullen.
--Mullen said he will be MSU's special teams coordinator -- Urban will be proud -- and leave offensive playcalling up to his offensive coordinator.
Will the spread-option offense work at MSU? A word of advise to MSU fans: Give it some time.
FOUR UF FRESHMEN HONORED
UF freshman Jeff Demps, Will Hill, Janoris Jenkins and Chris Rainey made the All-SEC freshman team. Demps and Rainey, both running backs, combined or 1,237 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns.
Hill ranked sixth on the team and first among freshman with 45. He led the team with 21 tackles on special teams. He also had two interceptions.
Jenkins, the freshman cornerback, finished the season with 34 tackles and 11 pass break-ups, which led the team and was tied for first nationally among freshman. Jenkins had three interceptions, which was the most among SEC freshman.
MEYER FINALIST FOR EDDIE ROBINSON AWARD
UF coach Urban Meyer is one of nine finalists for the football writers' national coach of the year award.