Who will replace Dan Mullen in Florida?
Gather! Here’s a look back this weekend on the football field, with three key highlights of the state’s football scene.
What’s next for Florida after the Dan Mullen era ends?
What seemed unfathomable earlier in the season became reality Sunday: Florida is in the market for a new soccer coach.
It was a stunning loss for Mullen, who was sacked as head coach on Sunday after a 24-23 loss to Missouri. Mullen almost had the Gators in the college football game last year, but finishing the season 0-3 and then going 5-6 this year has been costly.
Add that to his awkward remarks about the enlistment gap with Georgia after the loss to the Bulldogs in Jacksonville, and his contradictory comments about not knowing the Florida band was in South Carolina when he didn’t have the team singing the alma mater school song afterwards. The game, and its fan base was ready to show Mullen the door.
So what now?
It’s still early days, but here are some potential internship candidates that could stand out for a clearly excellent job.
Lynn Kevin. Will the Ole Miss coach and attacking magician make an in-conference move at SEC?
Mario Cristobal. The Oregon head coach has been an assistant to Alabama and may be interested in returning to the SEC.
Billy Napier. The current Louisiana coach is only 42 years old, and has won 20 games in the past two years. ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreet mentioned it as a possibility for a Virginia Tech job over the weekend.
James Franklin. The president of Pennsylvania has been linked to the opening of the University of Southern California, too. He’s a great recruit, but he’s struggled recently at Penn State and is a questionable strategist during games.
Matt Campbell. He’s done some great things in Iowa, and he’s a passionate coach who got the most of his talent there. He can thrive with the best athletes in the SEC country.
Luke Fickell. Cincinnati’s head coach has been a miracle worker for that program, leading him to the playoffs this year. But would a Midwesterner from Ohio want to take a stab at training at the Securities and Exchange Commission?
Bill O’Brien. Alabama’s offensive coordinator and former Penn State head coach, who also trained in the NFL for the Houston Texans, may be ready for another coaching opportunity.
Van Dyck continues to impress with hurricanes.
It wasn’t the season Miami had been hoping for – and coach Manny Diaz may still be fighting for his job.
But one great development for the Hurricanes, and perhaps for Diaz and his future with the program, was playing new quarterback Tyler Van Dyck.
Van Dyck threw for 357 yards in a win over Virginia Tech on Saturday and has thrown 2,550 yards, 22 touchdowns and six interceptions since taking the starting role in October after D’Eriq King had shoulder surgery at the end of the season.
Whether the coach is Diaz or someone else next year, the Hurricanes have a building block in the most important place on the field.
Fantastic achievement for Florida A&M.
Florida A&M was in cloud nine on Sunday, and with good reason.
After finishing the season in eight straight games and with a 9-2 record, the Rattlers secured a big spot in the FCS Playoffs.
Florida A&M University became the first historically Black College university to win FCS status since 2016.
It will be the first playoff game since 2001 for Florida A&M, which plays Southeast Louisiana in the first round at 7 p.m. Saturday.
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