Dan Mullen was hired Sunday to be the Florida Gators' next football coach, a source confirmed, bringing a familiar face to Gainesville with strong ties to a time when the Gators ruled college football.

The move will reunite Mullen with his former team and former boss, Gators’ athletic director Scott Stricklin.

Mullen, who most recently led the Mississippi State program, left Gainesville for Starkville for his first head coaching job following the 2009 season

Mullen left Gainesville for Starkville for his first head coaching job following the 2009 season. During five seasons under Urban Meyer at UF, Mullen mentored Chris Leak, Tim Tebow and two national championship-winning offenses.