STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen was
his usual energetic self at Friday's practice, telling jokes and
barking instructions to players as he jogged around the chilly
field in a gray hooded sweatshirt and maroon hat.
Normally, that wouldn't be a big deal. But with two major
coaching jobs open at Florida and Miami and Mullen's name attached
to both, his presence in Starkville is closely monitored.
Mullen has become a hot name after leading MSU to a bowl game in
his second season with the program. The Bulldogs will face Michigan
in the Gator Bowl.
Mullen's ties to the Gators are obvious: He was Urban Meyer's
offensive coordinator from 2005 to '08, which coincides with
Meyer's most productive four seasons, including two national
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