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Florida Gators fires Dan Mullen after three-plus seasons

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Florida Gators have fired head football coach Dan Mullen on Sunday. He led the program for three-plus seasons.

Mullen was fired by Athletic Director Scott Stricklin, who hired him at Florida after the two were previously together at Mississippi State. The last straw was on Saturday when the Gators were defeated 24-23 in overtime against the Missouri Tigers.

Dan Mullen reacts after a call in the Capital One Orange Bowl (Photo by Getty Images)

Following the touchdown, the Tigers went for a two-point conversion. The defense was out of sync as Connor Blazek hit Daniel Parker Jr. for the game-winning two-point conversion.

The Gators are struggling this season. Before Mullen was fired, recently defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and offensive line coach John Hevesy were fired on November 7th.

The team has had questionable quarterback play between Emory Jones and Anthony Richardson. The Gainesville, FL native, Richardson has taken Florida mentions out of his social media accounts.

And earlier this year, Richardson said that he was considering transferring. This coaching change may impact his decision now.

Florida began the season with a 3-1 record. They barely lost to then-No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide in September.

The Gators have lost five of their last seven games. Florida recently struggled against FCS’ Samford Bulldogs before pulling away with the win.

The Bulldogs scored 42 points at halftime in Gainesville. It’s the most points scored ever in a half by a team against the Gators.

The team could potentially end their season on Saturday against rival Florida State Seminoles. An interim coach will be promoted for the role.

If the Gators beat the Seminoles, they will become Bowl eligible. That’s if they can beat a team that’s going in the right direction, as they won five of their last seven games.

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Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the sports journalism field since 2002 and has covered numerous high-profile events, including 10 Heisman Trophy ceremonies.
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