In the days following their meeting in New Hampshire with Chip Kelly, Florida AD Scott Stricklin went silent. Option 1, he knew, was off the table and he had to ensure he had quality options 2 and 3.
All along, Stricklin has felt Dan Mullen was a viable option. From their time at Mississippi State, Stricklin knew what he would be getting should he choose to offer the position to Mullen. However, Stricklin felt the need to investigate other names first.
Multiple sources tell FootballScoop Florida went strong on Scott Frost…with several sources over the past few days telling FootballScoop Florida officials felt, despite Frost’s obvious connections to Nebraska, that they would wind up securing Frost as their next head coach. While that still might happen, a source told FootballScoop last night, Tom Osborne called Frost yesterday and told him it was time to come home. We were told Frost understood the message. [Update: Contacted today by Steve Sipple of the Journal Star, Osborne denied making such a call.]
There is also a camp at Florida who feels Charlie Strong should be hired. We are told Stricklin continues to want to go the offensive minded coach route.
As of this morning, word is circling in the coaching circles Florida might be ready to go in on Dan Mullen, who just the other night said he planned to stay at Mississippi State. An offer from Florida might just change those plans.
As always, stay tuned to The Scoop for all the latest.
Update> Pete Thamel of Yahoo has tweeted the Florida is now targeting Mullen.
SOURCE: Florida is targeting Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen as its next head coach. Decision expected by the end of the day.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) November 26, 2017