A new coach for the Gators? Watch for these names to replace Dan Mullen

A new coach for the Gators?  Watch for these names to replace Dan Mullen

Jacksonville, Florida. The Florida Gators are working to find a new football coach after firing Dan Mullen on Sunday.

Who would the Gators think of?

Below is a list of five names that will likely be shortlisted for Gators and two more familiar names that will be rolled out as wild card options.

Mario Cristobal

During his four years as head coach at Oregon, Cristobal led the Ducks to a record 34-12. In 2019, he took Oregon to the Rose Bowl and last year, to the Fiesta Bowl. He knows Florida, having spent six years as a head coach in the Financial Intelligence Unit and before that as an assistant at his alma mater, Miami. He is known as an outstanding recruit and has had success in the Power Five Conference, Pac-12.

Bob Stops

Will the former Gators defense coordinator and former Oklahoma coach come out of retirement? The talk is that he will think about it. Stoops was a very successful head coach, leading Oklahoma to the 2000 national championship and winning 10 Big 10 conference titles in 18 seasons.


He retired from coaching in 2016 only to come out of retirement in 2020 to coach the Dallas Rebels in the XFL. The league never started and closed during the pandemic.

Lynn Kevin

Another coach with a history in Florida. Kevin, now Ole Miss head coach, was FAU’s head coach from 2017-2019 and spent one season as Jaguar’s QC Offensive Coach in 2000. He doesn’t have a track record of staying. He was the head coach of the 2007-2008 Oakland Raiders before being sent off after 20 games as head coach.

He spent one season as a head coach at Tennessee State after being accused of Urban Meyer, then in Florida, recruiting abuses. He was then lured to the University of Southern California in 2010, to replace him Carol’s house. He coached four seasons with the Trojans, going 28-15 and winning the Pac-12 South in 2011. They didn’t go to the ball game because they were ineligible to do so. Kiffin fired five games into the 2013 season. He then took charge of the FAU. He’s a controversial figure who has some beef with Florida. But it’s also a very offensive mind. Kiffin would be a high-risk, high-reward choice.


PJ . dye

Currently he is the head coach in Minnesota where he collected the 33-23 record, including the 11-2 record in 2019 when he took the Gophers to the Big 10 West Championship and appearances in the Outback Bowl. Before Minnesota, he went 30-22 in Western Michigan, including taking the Broncos to a record 13-1 and an appearance in the Cotton Bowl. Is he ready to take on the SEC job? This would be a big question. He also has no experience in the south, which may cast doubt on his ability to recruit in the region.

Billy Napier

The Louisiana head coach is a rising star in the profession. Napier, 42, set a record 38-12 as a coach for the Sunbelt team. He spent most of his career in the South. He played quarterback at Foreman, then was an alumnus assistant at Clemson.

After a year working as a quarterback coach in South Carolina, he returned to Clemson as a tight coach and then as offensive coordinator and quarterback coach (where he coached former Bartram Trail star. Kyle Parker Beside Tahaj Boyd). He also spent a season as an analyst in Alabama before working as an assistant coach and quarterback coach for Colorado State in 2012. Jim McElwain. After that, he returned to Alabama to train wide receivers from 2013-2016 prior to one season in Arizona as offensive coordinator.


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Shane Matthews and Kerwin Bell

Will ex-Gators players find themselves in the mix? Matthews never coached in college or professional football, but he spent two seasons as a head coach at Nease High School and can be considered due to his Florida history, where he was a three-time All-SEC quarterback in the early 1990s.

Bell’s coaching resume is even more robust. He was the head coach of Jacksonville University from 2007 to 2015, then won the Division II National Championship in Valdosta State. After a year as an offensive coordinator at USF, he took over the head coaching position at West Carolina where he’s 3-6 years old this season.

Matthews and Bell would be surprises, but schools, not just Florida, tend to value familiarity with the program’s culture when making training steps.

Who do you have?

Now that we’ve put up some names out there, who would you like to see take over? Feel free to add to the discussion if the coach you want isn’t listed.


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