During his Orange Bowl presser, where the Gators are set to face off against Virginia at the end of the month, Dan Mullen was asked about speculation that he may be on the radar of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in the event they decide to make a coaching change in Dallas.
Mullen, whose entire coaching career has taken place at the college level, was honest and direct with his response.
His answer also left the door of speculation cracked open enough for his name to continue to be in the mix for NFL opportunities.
"I've never been in the NFL, so it's not something that I've even thought of or considered. I've never even been an assistant in the NFL. So if someone ever calls me, then I would probably consider it then, but it's not something that I've even considered at this point."
What Mullen was able to build at Mississippi State, showing an ability to build a program and win with less heralded players than other SEC programs were playing with, as well as his ability to develop quarterbacks, has garnered the attention of NFL front offices. Plus, his back-to-back 10 win seasons with the Gators in his two seasons back in Gainesville has certainly helped to bolster his case with NFL teams.
The NFL head coaching cycle will kick into high gear in January, so it will be interesting to see if Mullen's phone rings with an NFL city area code, and what he does with that opportunity on the other end when that time comes.