Lions' Loeffler up for Gators' assistant job

The Florida Gators are moving closer to filling the void in their offensive coaching staff that will be left by offensive coordinator Dan Mullen, who will become head coach at Mississippi State.

Multiple sources familiar with the situation said Detroit Lions quarterbacks coach Scot Loeffler is a strong leading candidate to join Florida's staff after the national championship game.

Loeffler is also a former Michigan quarterbacks coach. Florida coach Urban Meyer has already announced offensive line coach Steve Addazio will become Florida's next offensive coordinator.

As offensive coordinator at Florida, Mullen has had a close relationship with Tim Tebow and is also his position coach.

Loeffler has already talked to Tebow, who has said Mullen's departure could play a role in deciding if he enters the NFL draft.

Joe Schad covers college football for ESPN.