Florida fired football coach Dan Mullen on Sunday hours after the Gators misplaced in additional time to Missouri, athletic director Scott Stricklin mentioned.

The Gators dropped to 5-6 general and 2-6 in SEC play after the 24-23 loss. Mullen famous on the finish it was the group’s “seventh straight loss in one-possession games.” Missouri entered the sport with the nation’s 118th-ranked protection, with the Gators’ offense scoring 92 factors within the final two video games.

Dan Mullen before the Orange Bowl game against Virginia in Miami Gardens, Florida, on Dec. 30, 2019. 

Dan Mullen earlier than the Orange Bowl recreation towards Virginia in Miami Gardens, Florida, on Dec. 30, 2019. 
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But it seemed to be larger than that for Florida. Mullen’s group was ranked as excessive as tenth this season and began promising even with the two-point loss to Alabama of their third recreation. But since then, the group misplaced to Kentucky, LSU and Georgia they usually have been trounced by South Carolina.

Greg Knox, the group’s particular groups coordinator/operating backs coach, would be the interim head coach.

Outkick’s Clay Travis famous in his Starting 11 column earlier Sunday that Florida was 2-8 of their final 10 video games towards Power 5 Conference opponents. Florida is one in every of three groups that aren’t bowl eligible (LSU and Vanderbilt are the others).

Dan Mullen during a timeout against Georgia on Nov. 7, 2020, in Jacksonville, Florida.

Dan Mullen throughout a timeout towards Georgia on Nov. 7, 2020, in Jacksonville, Florida.
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The a number of 10-win seasons and a three-year contract extension he signed simply six months in the past weren’t sufficient to save lots of his job.

Dan Mullen reacts during the Sept. 26, 2020, game against Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi.

Dan Mullen reacts throughout the Sept. 26, 2020, recreation towards Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi.
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Mullen took over as Florida’s head coach in 2018 after 9 years at Mississippi State. He was 34-15 with the Gators and 2-1 in bowl video games however could not elevate the group into College Football Playoff competition.

It’s unclear what occurs subsequent for Florida, which nonetheless has stable quarterbacks in Emory Jones and Anthony Richardson. The group simply must beat Florida State to turn into bowl eligible however, at this level, that seems to be a tall order.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.