Florida Makes Decision On Dan Mullen's Coaching Future

By Jason Hall

November 21, 2021

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The University of Florida announced it has "parted ways" with football head coach Dan Mullen in a news release shared on its official website Sunday (November 21) afternoon.

Mullen -- who had previously served as the Gators' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach under former head coach Urban Meyer from 2005-08 -- was hired as Florida's head coach in 2018 after nine seasons at Mississippi State.

The 49-year-old led the Gators to double-digit win totals during his first two seasons as head coach, as well as an SEC East Division title in 2020 and three New Year Six Bowl appearances.

However, Florida failed to live up to lofty preseason expectations as a national contender, spiraling to a disappointing 5-6 (2-6 SEC) record in 2021, which included losing four of its last five games.

The Gators lost 24-23 in overtime at Missouri on Saturday (November 20) night, hours ahead of the announcement regarding Mullen's future with the program.

Mullen finishes his tenure in Gainesville with a 34-15 (21-13 SEC) overall record, totaling a 103-61 (54-52 SEC) career record as a head coach.

The Florida athletics department confirmed special-teams coordinator/running backs coach Greg Knox will serve as interim coach for the Gators' final regular season game against Florida State on Saturday (November 27) at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

UF Athletics Director Scott Stricklin is scheduled to hold a press conference regarding the program's decision at 3:00 p.m. ET.

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