Dan Mullen is out as head coach of the Florida football team.
On Sunday, the University of Florida announced that Mullen is being put out of his misery following the team’s latest loss during the disappointing 2021 campaign. Mullen has officially been fired just one year removed from the SEC Championship Game.
Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin announced the news hours after the Gators fell to Missouri, 24-23, in overtime. It was Florida’s fourth consecutive loss to a Power 5 opponent.
“I think he’s as good on the offensive side of the ball as anyone in football, whether it’s pro or college, and I think Dan’s going to have other opportunities to go out and coach football and I think he’s going to be successful at it,” Stricklin said, via ESPN.com. “But, you know, this is a place that you should be able to have a high level of sustained success over a consistent period of time. And to do that, you have to have a lot of little things in place. People look at losses as a cause to get rid of a coach, but a lot of times, the losses are for things that don’t go right in the field, those are symptoms of other issues.
“I’m not going to get into all that because I don’t think that’s fair to everyone involved. But there are a lot of little things that you had to pay attention to. And we have an opportunity here to go get someone who can can really focus on those things.”
Gators assistant coach Greg Knox will serve as interim coach.
According to Stricklin, Mullen was given the opportunity to coach in the regular-season finale against Florida State this coming weekend, but Mullen declined.