October 23, 2009
Meyer talking Mississippi State
Florida head coach Urban Meyer knew the questions would come this week as he prepares to take on his former assistant coach for over a decade Dan Mullen.
The two coaches worked together at Notre Dame, Bowling Green, Utah and Florida before Mullen left after their second national title together to become the new head coach at Mississippi State.
But Meyer has tried to keep the focus on the two teams on the field this week and not about taking on his former offensive coordinator.
"There is no emphasis on Dan Mullen," Meyer said. "There is no issue at all with the coaches .There is respect but there is no issue at all. I get asked a lot of questions but it's not like I say 'let's go beat Dan Mullen'. We don't do that."
Meyer also addressed the issue of his quarterback Tim Tebow facing his former recruiter, position coach and friend in Mullen.
"The good thing about Tim is that his maturity level is off the charts dealing with injury or whatever," Meyer said. "Once the game starts he's got a clear job to do and personalities are taken out of it. I don't want to downplay it at all but it really has no significance other than it will be odd before the game or after the game. The professional level of Tim and Dan, other than it being a little odd, won't have any effect."
Mullen was not the only member of Meyer's staff that left to join the Bulldogs last season. Offensive line coach John Hevesy also departed to take over the same position in Starkville.
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