UF to pay Mullen $6 million per year

Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin, left, football coach Dan Mullen. (AP Photo/Mark Long)

New Florida coach Dan Mullen will receive a contract worth $6 million a year for six years, putting him among the highest paid coaches in college football, The Sun has learned.

Mullen had a deal at Mississippi State that ran through 2021 and paid him $4.5 million a year.

Florida also got off cheap on Mullen’s buyout from Mississippi State, only having to pay $500,000. This year already, college football coaches have been fired to the tune of more than $60 million in buyouts.

Mullen replaced former UF coach Jim McElwain, who was fired Oct. 29 and making $4.5 million a year.

Alabama’s Nick Saban is the highest paid coach in college football at just over $11 million a year.


  1. Kelly is making $4.6 mil at UCLA. They would have probably given him above $7 mil to coach here. So if the reports are true about why he didn’t take the job, living in LA over Gainesville is worth $2+ million a year to him (throw in CA state taxes and you’re closer to $3 mil).

    I wanted Kelly like most people. but I’m glad we have a coach that wants to be here and doesn’t have one foot out the door before he even arrives.

    • exactly, i have to be honest, I wanted CK too, but I really believe that Mullen is in it to win it and will be here a while. Let’s get behind this hire and say GO GATORS!!!!!

    • Kelly still gets paid by San Fran. Believe he gets about $8 mill total, and San Fran would have to make up the difference between the $4.5 and $8 mill.

    • And, Mullen is quite a bit younger offering more years of coaching stability. He has a successful coaching history at UF. He offers both discipline and intensive physical training as a very important part of his program. This all looks good to me. I hope he continues to successful! Glad to have you and your family here Coach Mullen!

  2. You know what? Chip Kelly felt like another Charlie Weiss to me. There was just something that did not feel good. If we could o ly get tebow as an Assistant Coach, is with Mullen and Spurier…Wow.

  3. I am a Mississippi State fan. Mullen left our team in a better position than it has ever been. He left for more money, and more importantly, a much better chance for a National Championship. Thanks and good luck to Coach Mullen.

  4. Dan Mullen new Florida Head Football Coach, a dumpster fire in Knoxville, Bimbo Fisher going to A & M….it’s a great day to be a Florida Gator!!!

    • careful what youre thankful for. I would have prefered to keep fisher in Tally as he wasnt a very good HC, he could sure recruit but couldnt fully utilize all that talent( unless he got lucky with a great QB). they might get someone better, and that would be bad!


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