Mullen is out. Here’s a look at Napier, Kevin and other potential candidates to train in Florida

Mullen is out.  Here’s a look at Napier, Kevin and other potential candidates to train in Florida

I wish you had one of these flight tracking sites bookmarked in your browser because it’s time for another search for Gators football coaching.

A day after losing 24-23 overtime in Missouri on Saturday, Florida announced that it has parted its ways Fitness Trainer Dan Mullen After nearly four seasons.

Mullen led the Gators to three straight six-course New Year’s courses, but looking back, it looks like his tenure began to unravel last year when Florida, amid an ominous fog in the swamp, lost to LSU 37-34 after Marco Wilson He threw a shoe and was reported, with a 15-yard penalty leading to a field goal to win the Tigers.

The Gators then had a fight but were unable to defeat Alabama in the SEC 2020. The team went to the Cotton Bowl and was blown away by Oklahoma.

With the quarterback losing and two NFL draft picks in the first round, this season was set to be somewhat of a rebuilding year for Gator. They even went toe-to-toe with Crimson Tide again. But the losses didn’t stop there, as the Gators fell to Kentucky, LSU, Georgia, South Carolina and Missouri for a total of six in their last nine games. Mullen has been dubbed the quarterback, but even playing in that position has been inconsistent this year.


Mullen’s fall was as fast as his predecessor’s Jim McElwain. Mullen finished his time at Gainesville with a record 34-15, and six of those losses came in nine games. McElwain was 22-12 years old in less than three seasons in Florida, while the head coach before him, Will MuchampHe was 28-21 in four years.

In a tweet, Mullen expressed his thanks for the “privilege” of coaching the Gators.

“I will always cherish the two National Championships we won during my time at the UF, along with the six New Years Championships to name a few. The program has a bright future with young talent on the team and a new football facility that will be completed next spring,” Mullen said. .

You can read his full statement Here.

How did things go so wrong so quickly for Mullen?


“I don’t know,” athletic director Scott Stricklin He said at a press conference on Sunday afternoon. “I have some ideas, but I’ll keep them to myself.”

Read more: Florida shoots Mullen as conflicts escalate

Mullen had just signed a five-year contract extension last summer that was due to go into effect next year. Stricklin said the school would honor Mullen’s contract, which includes a $12 million purchase deal. The acquisition will be distributed in seven installments, with $6 million to be paid within 30 days. Mullen will then receive $1 million every July 15 through 2027.

“There is no timetable. We want to take the time we need to get the right coach, and we would like to have a coach tomorrow, but that is probably not realistic,” Stricklin said. “But we will move as quickly as we can. We will use all the resources at our disposal.”


You can read more of Stricklin’s comments Here Or see his notes Here.

And you can hear David Waters, host of Gators Breakdown, reacting to the shooting inside this episode.

The Gators are now in the market for a bus for the fourth time since then Urban Meyer With two national titles on his résumé after the 2010 season. And they’re not the only ones. This year’s training circuit already included USC and LSU.

👀 Look at potential candidates

Now the focus is on who will become Mullen’s successor.

Here’s a look at some of the names that News4Jax sports reporter and anchor Cole Pepper says will likely be on the Florida shortlist.


Billy Napierkisa: There’s been a lot of fuss about the name Napier in the past couple of days. Napier, the Louisiana coach, 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 and then was an alumnus assistant at Clemson. After a year as a quarterback coach for South Carolina, he returned to Clemson as coach of the tight end and then as offensive coordinator and quarterback coach. He also spent a season as an analyst in Alabama before working as an assistant coach and quarterback coach for Colorado State in 2012 for McKelwin. After that, he returned to Alabama to train wide receivers from 2013 to 2016 before one season in Arizona as offensive coordinator. in a Gators’ collapse episode, Josh of the Ragin Review Podcast details what Napier will be up to as head coach.


Lynn Kevin: Kiffin, who is in his second year as an Ole Miss coach, is certainly one of the more controversial candidates, but he’s also a highly offensive mindset with an intense resume. He was the head coach of the Oakland Raiders from 2007 to 2008 before being sent off after 20 games. He spent one season with Tennessee before heading to the West Coast to take his place Carol’s house in USC. He coached four seasons with the Trojans, going 28-15 before his infamous runway launch five games in the 2013 season. Then came his time in the “Nick Saban Coaches Rehabilitation Program” in Alabama, which resulted in him being named head coach again – for three seasons at Florida Atlantic and now a committed Rebel Cup nominee, Heisman and Gators Matt Coral.

Bob Stops: Of course he wouldn’t be a soccer coach in Florida if his name wasn’t on this list. Stubbs was the defensive coordinator under Steve Spurrier When the Gators won his first National Championship and won his first as coach for Oklahoma. Stoops retired from college football coaching in 2016 and currently works as an analyst at Fox Sports. Can he be drawn into training, and if so, for how long?


New coach? Watch these names to replace Mullen

Luke Fickell: Fickell is currently in Cincinnati, trying to get the Bearcats out of the Power Five conferences to make it to the playoff. During his time at Cincinnati, he went from 46 to 14, winning 11 games in three of the past four years. The oddity was a 9-1 season during the pandemic that included a trip to the Peach Bowl, where the Bearcats nearly defeated Georgia. Did Feckle, who played for Ohio State and was the interim head coach of the Bucks in 2011, want to come to the South? This is the big question.

Mario Cristobal: In his four years as head coach at Oregon, Cristobal led the Ducks to a 34-12 record. He is known as an outstanding recruiter and knows Florida State, having spent six years as a head coach at Florida International and before that as an assistant at his alma mater, Miami. Would you prefer to go there if this job opened? He also served as Alabama aide under Saban.


To view more potential candidates, including two ex-Gators, click here.

You can also share who you want to see take over the program Here.

Regardless of who gets picked, David says it starts with hiring for Florida’s next coach. in a The last episode of Gators BreakdownJoin David, former host Bill Sykes For a look back, and looking forward, at the Florida hiring process.

Knox to act as a timer for FSU

Meanwhile, the linebacker manages the coach and coordinator of the special teams Greg Knox, the 27-year-old veteran of the Southeastern soccer team, will serve as interim coach when Florida (5-6, 2-6 SEC) host Florida State (5-6, 4-4 Atlanta Coast Conference) on Saturday in the final. from the 2021 season.


It’s the second time Knox has stepped in for Mullen in five years. After Mullen was named head coach for Florida State in 2017, Knox served as interim coach for Mississippi State for the Bulldogs’ victory in the TaxSlayer Bowl that year.

Knox said that quarterback Emory Jones The principle remains Anthony Richardson He has a chance to play too.

“If he’s healthy and available, we’ll have him play the game,” Knox said.

Read more: Florida turns into Knox amid transition period

You can read more Knox comments Here.

Midfield coach in the first year Garrick McGee Will call plays for Florida and linebacker coach Christian Robinson He will deal with the defense – which will be his third week in a row since the sacking of the defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.


Even with only one game left on the schedule this season and that game against your in-state rival, Stricklin said Sunday he thinks it’s the best time for the program and Mullen to move forward immediately. Stricklin said he offered Mullen the opportunity to coach the Florida team for the Florida game, but he declined, saying it would be a distraction.

While Florida was on a downward trajectory, Florida was led by Mike Norville, was on the rise, including two back-to-back wins: a 31-28 home win over Miami and then a 26-23 road win over Boston College. Saturday’s game will determine whether the Gators or the Seminoles are eligible for the tournament.

running back Damon Pierce He said Mullen’s departure, which he called “a shock,” left the team extra motivation to finish the season with a win over their opponent.

“The valley teaches you lessons that the mountaintop does not,” said Pierce. “I prefer it to go low and learn, so when I get to my highest point, I’ll be ready.”


defensive end Zachary Carter Knox said he had a message for the team Monday morning.

“He sent the big guys down the right path and just talked to us about how important this game is, the great rivalry,” Carter said. “So I’m excited about it.”

Saturday’s game kicks off at noon and will be broadcast on ESPN.

🏟️ It’s competition week

Since the new CFP rankings don’t come out until Tuesday evening and we already have the new Top 25 Associated Press polls, here’s who all of these teams play in Week 13 aka RIVALRY WEEK (all matches on Saturday unless otherwise noted):

  • No. 1 Georgia at Georgia Institute of Technology – Noon

  • No. 2 Ohio State at No. 6 Michigan – Noon

  • 3 Alabama in Auburn – 3:30 PM

  • No. 5 Cincinnati in East Carolina – 3:30 p.m. Friday

  • No. 5 Notre Dame at Stanford – 8 pm

  • No. 10 Oklahoma at No. 7 Oklahoma State – 7:30 p.m.

  • No. 8 Ole Miss at Mississippi State – 7:30 PM

  • Texas Tech at No. 9 Baylor – Noon

  • Oregon at No. 11, Oregon – 3:30 p.m.

  • Pennsylvania at No. 12 Michigan State – 3:30 p.m.

  • No. 13 BYU at USC – 10:30 p.m.

  • No. 14 Texas A&M at LSU – 7 p.m.

  • UTSA No. 15 in North Texas – 2 p.m.

  • Colorado at No. 16 Utah – 4 p.m. Friday

  • No. 17 Iowa, Nebraska – 1:30 p.m.

  • No. 18 Wisconsin Minnesota – 4 p.m.

  • No. 19 Houston Connecticut – Noon

  • No. 20 Pittsburgh in Syracuse – 7:30 pm

  • No. 21 Wake Forest at Boston College – Noon

  • Boise State at No. 22 San Diego State – Noon

  • UL Monroe at No. 23 Louisiana – 4 p.m.

  • North Carolina at No. 24 North Carolina – 7 p.m.

  • Missouri at No. 25 Arkansas – 3:30 p.m.

🏀 Florida men’s basketball team beats Cal

The Gators men’s basketball team remains undefeated.

On Monday night, Florida beat California 80-60 in the opening round of the Fort Myers Tip-Off Championship to become 4-0 for the first time in four years.

Next is Ohio. Tipoff is set at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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