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Gators: Florida has Parted Ways with Head Coach Dan Mullen after Four Seasons

GAINESVILLE – The University of Florida has parted ways with football Head Coach Dan Mullen, Athletics Director Scott Stricklin announced Sunday.

“This is a place that should be able to have high level of sustained success over a consistent period of time,” Stricklin, now in his fifth year at UF, said.

Special Teams Coordinator / Running Backs Coach Greg Knox will serve as interim coach for the FSU game.

A veteran of 20-plus seasons in the SEC, including four at Florida, Knox has previously also served as interim coach at Mississippi State in 2017, leading the Bulldogs to a 31-27 win over Louisville in the TaxSlayer Bowl.

Mullen finished with a 34-15 record at UF after four seasons at the helm and issued the following statement:

“I want to thank UF President Dr. Fuchs, Scott Stricklin, the Board of Trustees, and Gator Nation for the privilege of being Head Football Coach at the University of Florida,” Mullen said in a statement. “I will always cherish the two National Championships we won during my time at UF, along with the past three New Year’s Six Bowls to name a few. The program has a bright future ahead with the young talent on the team and the new football facility that will be finished next spring. My family and I thank you for the honor of being your Head Football Coach. Go Gators.”

During his tenure at Florida, Mullen won 21 SEC games and led the Gators to three New Year Six Bowls and the SEC Championship Game in 2020.

“A lot of times the losses or things that don’t go right on the field, those are symptoms of other issues,” Stricklin said. “I’m not going to get into all that because I don’t think that’s fair to everyone involved.”

The Gators are 5-6 (2-6 SEC) in 2021.

Mullen served as Urban Meyer’s offensive coordinator for national title teams in 2006 and ′08. Meyer now coaches the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars.

Following the Jaguars’ 30-10 loss Sunday, Meyer said: “Didn’t see that one coming. … There’s high expectations at Florida. I’ll call him tonight. He and [wife] Megan are dear, dear friends.”

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