GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Dan Mullen started his first week on the job with a big smile and an emphatic Gator Chomp as he got off the plane that had brought he and his family from Starkville, Miss., to Gainesville last Monday.
The new Florida football coach then furthered that strong first impression with a 50-plus minute introductory news conference, telling reporters, fans and anyone who wanted to listen how the Gators job was unique and one he greatly coveted and appreciated.
He wasted no time finalizing his most important staff positions, hiring his co-offensive coordinators and long-time lieutenants Billy Gonzales and John Hevesy from Mississippi State on Tuesday and locking up Bulldogs defensive coordinator Todd Grantham on Wednesday.
Mullen also wasted no time hitting the recruiting trail, visiting 4-star running back commit Dameon Pierce on Tuesday night and No. 1 overall QB prospect Justin Fields, a Georgia commit, later in the evening.
More strong PR appearances on College GameDay and SEC Nation followed Saturday as he told his former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, “This is it. I’m home. I’m where I want to be.”
Here’s a look back at SEC Country’s coverage of Mullen’s first week as Florida’s head coach:
A positive outcome: Column: Mullen may not have been the splash hire, but he was the right hire
Setting the record straight: Mullen effectively explained his wife Megan’s past comments about their time in Gainesville
The reasons to be excited for this hire: Column breaking down why Florida fans, with some seemingly divided upon the hire, should be all-in on Mullen
Checking in on Justin Fields: Mullen makes visiting the top QB recruit in the country a top priority
Head coach, play caller: Looking at Mullen’s success as a play-caller with Gonzales and Hevesy sharing coordinator duties
Strong offensive track record: Looking at Mullen’s offenses over his time at Florida and Mississippi State with thoughts on what to expect next fall
Becoming a QB guru: Tracking Mullen’s rise from humble coaching roots to respected QB developer
Grantham takes over defense: Looking at the track record of Florida’s new defensive coordinator
Switching to a 3-4 defense: The upside and concerns for Florida of switching to a 3-4 defense under Grantham
Tough on discipline: Mullen lays out his views on player discipline
Mullen’s College GameDay appearance: The new coach was featured on ESPN’s College GameDay
“This is it. I’m home.”: Mullen explains what Florida job means to him
Advice from Urban Meyer: Mullen shares the advice he received from Urban Meyer upon taking Florida job
Building the offense: Mullen says his spread offense will cater to the strengths of Florida’s personnel