Official: Dan Mullen leaves MSU for Florida

STARKVILLE DAILY NEWS

Coach Dan Mullen is leaving after nine season as the head football coach at Mississippi State for the same position at the University of Florida.

Mullen is going back to a place where he served as offensive coordinator under Urban Meyer.

MSU President Mark Keenum issued a statement about Mullen's departure on Sunday aftenroon.

“We’ve built a football program at Mississippi State that has enjoyed unprecedented success over the last nine seasons," Keenum said in the statement. "Dan Mullen has been the catalyst of that success and we wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors. It’s a tribute to Dan and to MSU that he has drawn the interest of several premier football programs around the country. Dan’s tenure at MSU coincides with my own and we’ve had a chance to do some special things together for our loyal fans and friends.

“In anticipation of this development, MSU has already begun the process of an orderly and expeditious transition to new and exciting leadership for our football program. I have shared my vision with Athletics Director John Cohen and I am confident that John will move quickly and decisively to fill our coaching vacancy with the best possible person to build on the success of our program.”

Cohen said in a statement that earlier on Sunday Mullen informed him he accepted the job as the next head football coach at the University of Florida.

" In their nine years here, Dan and Megan have been wonderful ambassadors to Mississippi State University and the entire city of Starkville," Cohen said. "From climbing to the No. 1 ranking in 2014 to a school-record eight straight bowl appearances, Dan has taken Mississippi State Football to unprecedented heights. With success comes the opportunity to be pursued by others. We were proactive in doing everything we could to try to keep him as our coach. On behalf of the entire Mississippi State Family, we wish Dan and Megan all the best."

Cohen informed the team this afternoon that running backs coach and special teams coordinator Greg Knox will serve as the interim head coach for MSU's bowl game.

"Greg has coached in the Southeastern Conference for over 20 years," Cohen said. "We are excited about playing in our school-record eighth consecutive bowl game against a quality opponent. Our senior class has a chance to tie the 2015 and 1942 teams as the winningest senior class in Mississippi State history."

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