Dan Mullen rumors: CFB insider explains why Gators not likely to fire coach during season
Dan Mullen will not lose his job in-season, according to a new report from CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd.
The 4th-year Florida head coach has seen his seat heat up in a major way this season as the Gators have struggled. Florida is just 2-5 in SEC play this year (5-5 overall) and only ahead of Vanderbilt in the SEC East standings. Before a win over Samford last weekend, Florida had lost 3 straight, but even a win wasn’t without drama. Florida gave up 52 points to the FCS opponent and though it won 70-52, the Gators trailed 42-35 at the halftime break, the most points the program had ever allowed in a half.
“If the Gators ultimately decide to do anything with Mullen, it will not come until the end of the regular season,” Dodd wrote, citing industry sources.
The crux of the report is that Florida isn’t alone in its hesitancy to move on from a struggling coach. Dodd wrote that many feel there’s more demand for coaches than supply. Florida, according to CBS Sports’ research, would be the 4th top-20 job to change coaches twice since 2016 if it were to move on from Mullen.
The LSU and USC jobs have been open for more than a month now. TCU is looking for a new coach. Virginia Tech and Washington fired coaches within the last week. Washington State is also open. More could be coming. Miami announced Monday evening it was parting ways with longtime Athletic Director Blake James—the man who hired Manny Diaz to be the Canes’ head coach.
“I think you’re going to see a few schools stretching a bit on who they hire,” Kyle Bowlsby, the founder of a coaching search and consulting firm, told Dodd.
Mullen won an Orange Bowl and a Peach Bowl in each of his first two seasons as the Gator head coach. If Florida moved on, Dodd wrote, it could be forced to take a shot on an unproven coach.
The Gators have games left against Missouri on the road—this Saturday at 4 p.m. ET on the SEC Network—and then against Florida State at home. Mullen will get a chance to salvage the year.