One of the biggest thorns in the Tennessee Vols‘ side over the last 15 years has been Florida Gators head coach Dan Mullen.

Mullen is 4-0 against the Vols as a head coach (3-0 at Florida, 1-0 at Mississippi State). He was also 4-0 as the Gators’ offensive coordinator in games against Tennessee (from 2005-2008).

Suffice it to say, Tennessee fans probably don’t enjoy looking across the sidelines and seeing Mullen.

Which makes the news this week that Mullen signed a three-year extension to remain at Florida through 2026 particularly unnerving for Vol fans.


But what are the odds that Mullen is still the Gators’ head coach in five years?

Not good, according to Rivals national columnist Mike Farrell.

“Mullen just signed an extension at Florida going through 2026, which is ironic because I was just answering questions on radio shows and podcasts about his commitment to college football,” wrote Farrell this week. “I think he loves to coach, but I’m not sure he loves to recruit and the transfer portal and the Name, Image, Likeness rule make college football that much more complicated.”

“Mullen was rumored to be in the running for some NFL jobs this off-season and has made some comments that make you think he could be eyeing the NFL, so I don’t see him staying in Gainesville until 2026,” added Farrell.

Considering the Vols’ lack of success against Mullen over the years, I think it’s safe to say that Tennessee fans would rejoice if the Florida head coach departs Gainesville for the NFL in the not-so-distant future.

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