Dan Mullen, 36, who has been Urban Meyer's right-hand man for the past eight seasons, is the new coach at Mississippi State, Kyle Veazey of the Clarion Ledger reports.
The Florida offensive coordinator arrived in Starkville Wednesday afternoon and a news conference is schedule for Thursday morning, where Mullen will be introduced.
"I’m so excited to be here, it’s an unbelievable opportunity," he said. "I think we have an opportunity to have an unbelievable program. We’re going to get on the road recruiting right away, get those players in here from the state. We’re going to try to control this state in recruiting as best we can right now and get it cranked up and put a great team on the field next year."
Mullen is scheduled to attend Wednesday night's basketball game between Charlotte and Mississippi State, where he will be introduced to Bulldog fans at halftime.
Mullen has spent the past eight years as an assistant to Meyer at three different stops — Bowling Green, Utah and Florida. He replaces Sylvester Croom, who stepped down on Nov. 29 after an embarrassing 45-0 loss to rival Mississippi.