With Urban Meyer resigning on Wednesday, Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen appears to be the most likely replacement at Florida. Mullen was offensive coordinator at Florida from 2005-2008, a that stretch including two national titles, two SEC titles, and the most prolific offense in school history in 2008. Mullen left just before the 2008 National Championship Game to become head coach at Mississippi State, where he turned a faltering Bulldogs squad around
Likely doesn't mean definite, no matter what talk radio in Tampa tells you. (And on the food chain of rumormongering, talk radio is somewhere above a magic 8-ball and somewhere below an internet message board, since at least an internet message board is a two-way form of communication.) Mullen is also a candidate for the Miami job, and would certainly use the two to leverage a hefty contract out of one of his suitors, a process that could extend the process a bit longer than it might go otherwise. There also remains the slight possibility of Mullen remaining at Mississippi State, but given the money thrown around, his youth, and his boundless ambition, that possibility is indeed slight.
He's familiar, he's young, he's successful, and he's capable of immediately fixing Florida's biggest problem: its dysfunctional offense.