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Florida hires Dan Mullen as football coach

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Florida Gators have officially hired Dan Mullen to lead its program moving forward. Athletic director Scott Stricklin settled on Mullen after being turned down for Chip Kelly and Scott Frost.

As Kelly and Frost have — and likely will be with Frost as he moved to Nebraska — Stricklin settled on a guy he already knew. And Mullen returns to Gainesville, Florida, where he was previously the offensive coordinator.

Former Mississippi State Bulldogs head coach Dan Mullen talks with Jeffery Simmons during the second half of an NCAA football game against the Ole Miss Rebels
Dan Mullen talks with Jeffery Simmons during the second half of an NCAA football game against the Ole Miss Rebels (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)

He spent four seasons as the Gators offensive coordinator under Urban Meyer. Together, the duo helped the Gators to two national championships in 2006 and 2008.

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Also, before Stricklin became the Gators athletic director, he was the Mississippi State athletic director.

Mullen spent the past nine seasons as the Bulldogs Head Coach. While there, he went 69-46.

In his final game as the Bulldogs’ Head Coach, the Ole Miss Rebels won the Egg Bowl.

Mullen replaces Jim McElwain and Randy Shannon. After McElwain was fired in October, Shannon took over on an interim basis.

The Gators struggled offensively this season. Stricklin hopes that Mullen could help Feleipe Franks into a proven quarterback in his sophomore season.

The Gators went 4-7 this past season. According to College Football Reference, they were 97th out of 130 FBS teams.

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McElwain went 3-4 on the season. Shannon then went 1-3 as the interim head coach.

The Gators offensive attack was horrible. College Football Reference has their attack scoring 22.1 points per game.

That was 109th in the entire country. Again, there were only 130 FBS teams this past season.

The team began the season as the No. 17th ranked team. However, since October 1st, they were no longer ranked in the Top 25.

Feleipe Franks went 125 of 229 for 1,438 yards. He had nine touchdown passes and eight interceptions.

Former Notre Dame transfer Malik Zaire, Luke Del Rio, and Kadarius Toney also threw a pass on the season.

Zaire went 32 of 56 for 349 yards. He also had one interception.

Del Rio went 16 of 25 for 138 yards. He had one touchdown pass and one interception.

Toney — who is a wide receiver — went 1 of 2 for 50 yards.

Mullen has worked with several quarterbacks, who moved on to the NFL. While at Florida, he mentored Gators legend, Tim Tebow.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso IIIhttps://thecapitalsportsreport.com
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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