The Mississippi State head coach doesn't have the most impressive record with the Bulldogs since taking over in 2009, but he's made a bowl game in eight consecutive seasons.
Mullen also reportedly was under consideration for the Tennessee job.
Jim McElwain was supposed to change things in Gainesville.
Mullen previously spent four years (2005-08) as Florida's offensive coordinator and won two national championships while guiding Tebow to the top of the school record books.
All along, Florida officials have wondered whether Mullen would be the best fit because of his time at the school, his SEC experience and his success developing quarterbacks. Last season, Florida topped Iowa in the Outback Bowl. He also worked under Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin at Mississippi State, when Stricklin was AD in Starksville from 2010-2016.
If Gruden doesn't take the job, the Vols will look at two other coaching candidates, according to SEC Country's Brian Stultz. Foley and Mullen did not have a strong relationship during his time as Florida's coordinator.
Mississippi State is reportedly set to go "all in" to keep Mullen as of Friday morning (which surely hasn't changed), and bump his salary from $4.5 million to $6 million.
Some might be concerned about whether Mullen has the ideal personality to bring genuine buzz to Florida football, but do you really care as long as he fixes the offense? The lack of development at the quarterback position has been a glaring flaw in the Florida program.