Mullen out at Florida

Florida State-Florida week began with a twist on Sunday afternoon with reports that the Gators have dismissed coach Dan Mullen.

Florida fell to 5-6 on the season following a loss at Missouri on Saturday. That has UF and FSU needing a win to become bowl-eligible going into this Saturday’s game at the Swamp. FSU-UF will kick off at noon on ESPN.

UF running backs coach and special teams coordinator Greg Knox will fill in as the interim head coach. Mullen was given the chance to coach the team vs. FSU, athletics director Scott Stricklin said.

Mullen was in his fourth season as UF’s head coach. He was 34-15 overall in Gainesville, but his record dropped off after back-to-back double-digit-win seasons in 2018 and ’19. As a number of UF writers have pointed out, Mullen’s teams were just 2-9 vs. Power 5 opponents in their last 11 matchups.

“For the Gator Nation, that’s seven times we’ve lost one-score games in a row over the past couple of years,” Mullen told reporters after UF’s overtime loss at Missouri. “We’ve got to find a way to make that one more play for the Gator Nation right there. That would be a seven-game swing, which would be a pretty big swing right there, you know over the last couple of years.”