Florida Fires Football Coach Dan Mullen

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Florida head coach Dan Mullen watches his team perform during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Missouri Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

The University of Florida has fired head football coach Dan Mullen. The Gators have fallen to 2-6 in SEC play this season, the team’s worst performance since 1979.

The Gators collapsed this season after going to the SEC Championship Game last year. The firing comes a day after his sixth loss in nine games.

Mullen’s stunning downfall ends a tumultuous two seasons that included mounting losses, numerous public relation missteps and NCAA sanctions.

The high point for this season happened when Florida nearly upset then-No. 1 Alabama in September . Since then, the Gators have lost at Kentucky, at LSU, at South Carolina and at Missouri, while also losing 34-7 to top-ranked Georgia.

The Gators’ lone win since early October came 70-52 against Samford, a game in which Florida allowed a program-record 42 points in the first half.

Mullen arrived in Gainesville in 2018 after leading Mississippi State to its best stretch in program history from 2009-17, going 69-49 with eight straight bowl appearances. Mullen had previously been the  Gators’ offensive coordinator under coach Urban Meyer who helped win the program’s last two national championships in 2006 and 2008.

The Gators will pay Mullen a $12 million buyout.

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