Florida fires coach Dan Mullen to complete stunning fall – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports

GAINESVILLE, Florida (AP) — Florida fired coach Dan Mullen on Sunday, one day after his sixth loss in nine games, two months after the Gators faced defending champion Alabama and a year after they had a chance to win. the College Football Playoff.

Mullen’s stunning demise and unsurprising departure put an end to a tumultuous two seasons of mounting losses, numerous public relations missteps, NCAA sanctions and a win against lower-division Samford that didn’t seem like much to celebrate for Gators fans.

His last match was a 24-23 Missouri overtime loss who highlighted Florida’s flaws: inconsistent quarterback play, a porous offensive line, a lack of playmakers on either side of the ball, and an inability to win close games. The Gators (5-6) have lost seven consecutive one-ball games, all in the past two seasons.

Florida will host rival Florida State (5-6) on Saturday, with the winner’s bowl eligible. They do this without Mullen, who was also the team’s offensive coordinator and player.

Athletic director Scott Stricklin wanted to give Mullen every chance to turn things around, especially as the team was sixth in the CFP standings just a year ago. He even rewarded Mullen with a pay raise and a three-year off-season contract extension – but it became clear that Mullen was losing the support of top managers, key drivers and even the program’s most loyal fans.

The Gators will pay Mullen a $12 million buyout over seven installments, with a $6 million payout within 30 days. Mullen will then receive $1 million each year from July 15 through 2027. Six of Mullen’s assistants have expiring contracts, making the timing of the coaching change relatively ideal from that point of view.

The Gators will also have an $85 million standalone soccer facility next year, a highly anticipated upgrade that has been in the works for years. That and being surrounded by Florida’s prolific recruiting pool should make the Sunshine State’s best college soccer course even more appealing.

Florida has lost nine of its last 11 games against Power Five opponents, including four in a row, and its current recruiting league ranks 34th in the country, according to Rivals.

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