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Penn State Coaching Search: Report Says Urban Meyer Endorsed Dan Mullen

New Ohio State coach Urban Meyer won two national championships at Florida with Dan Mullen, current-Mississippi State coach and reported front runner to take over for Joe Paterno as Penn State's head coach, as his offensive coordinator.

Led by Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow and Pro Bowler Percy Harvin, Mullen's offense become one of the most dangerous and feared in college football while strong defense helped turn Florida into the class of the SEC.

For those reasons, Meyer remains high on his former assistant as Frank Fitzgerald of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

A source close to Penn State’s football program said that Meyer had given a glowing endorsement of Mullen. Meyer had drawn the interest of Penn State before he accepted the job at his alma mater, Ohio State, last weekend.

"He really likes him and thinks he’s a bright young guy with a real future," the source said.

If Mullen does become Penn State's next head coach, he'll battle it out with his former boss in the Big Ten Leader's Division for the foreseeable future. Meyer signed a six-year deal with the Buckeyes earlier this week.

For all the latest on Penn State's coaching search, stay tuned to SB Nation Pittsburgh,

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