GAINESVILLE -- Florida coach Urban Meyer said on Tuesday that former UF offensive coordinator Dan Mullen will help coach the Gators' offense during the BCS national championship game on Jan. 8.
Mullen was hired as Mississippi State's head coach last week. Meyer said on Tuesday that Mullen will rejoin the Gators after Christmas.
"We've talked about it and the goal is to win the game and right now, unless something changes, it looks like that's going to happen," Meyer said.
Gotta assume that this move is more for Tim Tebow's comfort level than anything. Meyer said "all of the above" when asked if Tebow's relationship with Mullen had anything to do with the decision to keep Mullen around for a few more weeks. Tebow said on Saturday that he is comfortable communicating with Mullen during games. Mullen was also UF's quarterbacks coach.
While Meyer believes having Mullen around gives the Gators the best chance to beat Oklahoma, Florida's coach realizes his former offensive coordinator will be limited.
"Is he going to give 100 percent? I hear that comment and I laugh inside because of course he's not. He's got a job to do," Meyer said. "But is the best chance of us winning that game with the mechanics of the game we way we do them? Probably yes. So, right now I'd say the plan is he's going to be up in the press box and we're going to go."
WHO REPLACES MULLEN?
Meyer said on Tuesday that he's going to take his time replacing Mullen. That said, Meyer's lists of possible recruiting coordinates might be a short one.
"The next coordinator is probably going to be someone I know," Meyer said. "When I hire a coach I'm not interested in a guy that's going to sit there and nod his head yes. I want a guy that has input. So, more I'm looking for great chemistry and a great recruiter and someone who represents this university well."
Meyer said he will consider in-house candidates and coaches outside the program. Keep this name in the back of your mind, Gregg Brandon. He was Meyer's offensive coordinator at Bowling Green. Brandon was recently fired as Bowling Green's head coach.
PERCY HARVIN FILES NFL PAPERWORK
It's no shock that junior receiver Percy Harvin has already filed paperwork with the NFL Draft Advisory Committee for a formal evaluation of his projected draft status. What is a little surprising is that Brandon Spikes and Tim Tebow have not, according to UF strength coach Mickey Marotti, who coordinates the paperwork for UF's underclassmen. The deadline is Friday.
Florida worked out in shorts inside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Harvin ran with the team, according to coaches. The receiver injured his ankle against Florida State and did not play in the SEC championship game. Meyer said he expects Harvin to be "100 percent" for the national championship game.
Meyer disclosed on Tuesday that offensive lineman Carl Johnson and receiver Louis Murphy are nursing knee injuries. Meyer called the injuries "cartilage issues." Both players should be ready for the championship game, according to Meyer.