Will Muschamp was fired at Florida yesterday after going just 27-20 in four seasons as the head coach of the Gators. Even before his dismissal became official at Florida, talk of Mississippi State's Dan Mullen being a possible replacement was already floating around. It appeared that at least a few Florida fans wanted it to be true as well, as websites were created calling for Mullen's hire.
That doesn't appear to be an option in Athletic Director Jeremy Foley's mind, however.
ESPN's Brett McMurphy reported today that Florida will not consider Arizona's Rich Rodriguez or MSU's Dan Mullen for the open position.
Sources told me Dan Mullen & Rich Rod will not be among those considered to replace Muschamp
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) November 17, 2014
That comes a day after CoachingSearch.com reported that "there's something between Foley and Mullen" that will keep Mullen's name out of the race. That now looks to be true with the McMurphy report, or it could also be that Foley is distancing himself from the Urban era and going in a new, fresh direction.
No matter the cause for his dismissal from the short list, MSU fans are happy to just have our coach's name back from floating around the world of the coaching carousel, at least for now. I emphasize for now because with MSU's success this year, I wouldn't be surprised to see Dan's name mentioned at least in passing for several other jobs. It seems as though he's more than satisfied at MSU for now which is great, but still, it's something to keep an eye on going forward.
For now, fellow State fans, we can rest a bit more easy knowing Dano isn't heading back to Gainesville.