GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Billy Napier’s methodical, multifaceted approach to returning Florida to national prominence might actually be on a fast track.
Napier’s recruiting prowess has been on display the last two months, culminating with the Gators’ 2023 class breaking into the top 10 in national rankings by Rivals and 247 Sports.
Last season, 30 major college football programs made coaching changes, including some of the bluest bloods in the sport — Southern California, Oklahoma, Notre Dame and LSU among them — in what was a historic hiring cycle.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Isaiah Bowser ran for 155 yards and two touchdowns, Ryan O’Keefe had 85 yards on seven receptions, and Central Florida earned Sunshine State bragging rights by beating Florida 29-17 in the Gasparilla Bowl on Thursday night.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — UCF’s long wait for another shot at Florida is over.
The neighboring programs haven’t faced each other on the football field since Florida won 42-0 during its 2006 national championship season.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — New Florida coach Billy Napier's staff is starting to take shape.
Napier hired four assistants who spent the last four years with him at Louisiana-Lafayette, including Patrick Toney as the team's co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach and Mark Hocke as the team's associate head coach and director of strength and conditioning.
UCF (8-4, American Athletic) vs. Florida (6-6, SEC), Dec. 23, 7 p.m. ET
No. 25 Kentucky (9-3, SEC) vs. No. 17 Iowa (10-3, Big Ten), Jan. 1, 1 p.m. ET
Tim Tebow was visiting with Auburn athletic director Allen Greene along with fellow members of ESPN’s SEC Nation crew when he got a text message from a friend last week congratulating him on becoming the head coach at Florida.
Florida went back to Nick Saban's coaching tree in hopes of finding its next great coach.
The Gators hired Louisiana-Lafayette’s Billy Napier on Sunday, ending a quick process that landed them their top target a week after firing Dan Mullen.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Zach Carter made his way to one corner of the Swamp and found himself celebrating alongside the Florida band.
His next move? Directing, of course.
“I stayed on beat!" said Carter, one of 27 seniors playing their final game at Florida Field.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Greg Knox is stepping in for Dan Mullen for the second time in five years. A 27-year veteran of Southeastern Conference football and a winner in his only game as an interim head coach, Knox knows how to handle a staff.
One bad season at Florida was one too many for Dan Mullen.
The standard for success when it comes to coaching the Gators is about as high as it can get in college football.
Florida fired Mullen on Sunday, a day after his sixth loss in nine games, two months after the Gators went toe-to-toe with defending national champion Alabama and a year after they had a chance to make the College Football Playoff.
Dan Mullen first came to the Southeastern Conference as the offensive coordinator for Urban Meyer at Florida in 2005, and every day of every year since that point Mullen has felt as if he was coaching for his job.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida coach Dan Mullen is sticking with quarterback Emory Jones for Saturday’s game at Missouri and probably the rest of the season.
Jones is coming off a record-setting performance in a 70-52 victory against lower-division Samford.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida coach Dan Mullen celebrated his team's 70-52 victory against lower-division Samford like nothing was wrong.
He sang with his team, posed for pictures, shook hands with fans and then made excuses for one of the worst defensive performances in school history.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — It doesn’t really matter what embattled Florida coach Dan Mullen says or does at this point. It’s more important to see how his team responds down the stretch in an otherwise lost season.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida coach Dan Mullen fired two close friends in hopes of saving his program — and maybe, ultimately, his job.
Mullen also took responsibility for the team’s failures, offering an assessment that anyone who has watched the Gators' slide this season already knew.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson, recovering from a concussion, injured a knee dancing in the team hotel the night before losing at South Carolina.
Coach Dan Mullen said Monday that Richardson was “gimping around” the football facility Monday.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida fired defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and offensive line coach John Hevesy on Sunday, parting with the two assistants one day after a 40-17 loss at South Carolina.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Quarterback concerns and struggles in the Southeastern Conference are issues both Florida and South Carolina are familiar with this season.
It's been a disappointing season for the Gators and Gamecocks, though probably worse for Gators coach Dan Mullen given the preseason expectations.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson is recovering from a concussion, potentially opening the door for Emory Jones to start at South Carolina on Saturday.
Richardson was knocked out of last week's 34-7 loss to top-ranked Georgia following a hit to the head/neck area.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Dan Mullen’s strange and subpar season took another twist Monday when the Florida coach canceled media access to players and coordinators for the remainder of the week.
Is Dan Mullen really on the hot seat at Florida? How did things flip so fast for the coach who took the Gators to three straight New Year's Six games and pushed Alabama in the SEC championship last year?
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida coach Dan Mullen has fielded quarterback questions all season: Emory Jones? Anthony Richardson? Why Jones? Why not Richardson?
If he’s frustrated by the weekly inquiries, Mullen hasn’t shown it.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — At best, Florida coach Dan Mullen is merely experiencing a down year. At worst, his team has plateaued and needs a leadership change.
In the Southeastern Conference, the coach on the hot seat can change from week to week.
Welcome, Dan Mullen.
Florida's man had a lot of explaining to do Saturday after the 20th-ranked Gators lost to LSU and last week's coach-in-big-trouble Ed Orgeron.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida quarterback Emory Jones has unwaveringly supported backup Anthony Richardson all season. He eagerly coached Richardson from the sideline. He enthusiastically cheered for Richardson after every big play.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida needs a pick-me-up, and there are few better cures for a broken-hearted Gators team than having Vanderbilt next on the schedule.
The 20th-ranked Gators will host the skidding Commodores for homecoming Saturday.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Dan Mullen is willing to perform a “Fancy Like” rendition at midfield.
The Florida coach vowed to sing, dance or “whatever we need” to entice fans to fill the Swamp again Saturday night against Southeastern Conference rival Tennessee (2-1, 0-0 SEC).
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Later, Gators. Chameleons might be a better team name for Florida this season.
Coach Dan Mullen has successfully transformed his finesse offense — the one that led the nation in passing in 2020 behind Kyle Trask, Kyle Pitts and Kadarius Toney — into a formidable ground attack that nearly stunned top-ranked and defending national champion Alabama.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson will “probably do a little bit more at practice” this week before the 11th-ranked Gators host Tennessee, coach Dan Mullen said Monday.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Bryce Young’s first collegiate road start was a rousing success, a three-touchdown performance that helped top-ranked Alabama hold off No. 11 Florida 31-29 in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams Saturday.
The last time Florida beat Alabama, Tim Tebow was the Gators' quarterback and the team was on its way to a second national title under coach Urban Meyer.
Tebow is now retired and Meyer is coaching in the NFL.
No. 1 Alabama (2-0) at No. 11 Florida (2-0), Saturday at 3:30 p.m. EDT (CBS).
Line: Alabama by 14 ½, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida backup quarterback Anthony Richardson, one of college football's more dynamic players through two games, is expected to practice this week while recovering from a strained right hamstring.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Starter Emory Jones or backup Anthony Richardson.
Florida coach Dan Mullen insists the 13th-ranked Gators (2-0) don't have a quarterback controversy or a reason to change the depth chart after Richardson outplayed Jones for the second straight game in a 42-20 rout of South Florida on Saturday.
No. 13 Florida (1-0) at South Florida (0-1), Saturday at 1 p.m. EDT (ABC).
Line: Florida by 28 ½, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida coach Dan Mullen insists he has no quarterback controversy: Emory Jones is the starter, and Anthony Richardson remains the backup following a 35-14 victory against Florida Atlantic on Saturday night in which one clearly outplayed the other.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s defense was historically bad last season, so dreadful at times that fans were clamoring to fire everyone.
The Gators allowed 30.8 points a game, the school’s most in more than a hundred years, and were equally ineffective against the run and the pass.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Emory Jones first landed on Dan Mullen’s recruiting radar seven years ago.
Jones was a high school freshman in LaGrange, Georgia, and Mullen was scouring the country for another spread quarterback at Mississippi State.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s most prolific offensive trio in decades, maybe even in school history, is gone. Tight end Kyle Pitts, receiver Kadarius Toney and quarterback Kyle Trask left behind gaping holes for the 13th-ranked Gators to fill this season.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida cornerback and projected starter Jaydon Hill will miss the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, an injury coach Dan Mullen called a "massive disappointment.”
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida will spend at least part of its training camp in a hotel as coach Dan Mullen searches for ways to avoid another COVID-19 outbreak within the program.
The Gators begin three weeks of fall practice Friday, with Mullen understanding much more about the coronavirus than he did a year ago or even a month ago.
HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Florida coach Dan Mullen puts a positive spin on losing his three best offensive playmakers.
The Gators are replacing Heisman Trophy finalist Kyle Trask at quarterback and two first-round NFL draft picks, wide receiver Kadarius Toney and tight end Kyle Pitts.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida football coach Dan Mullen received a three-year contract extension worth an additional $1.5 million annually following a disappointing season that closed with a three-game losing streak and included several public relations missteps and NCAA sanctions.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida coach Dan Mullen could be on the verge of opting out.
One week after insisting he hadn’t even thought about the NFL, there are reports that Mullen might walk away from the Gators, telling NFL teams he’s interested in making the jump to the pros.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida quarterback Kyle Trask made his future plans official Thursday, formally announcing he’s declining an opportunity to return to school and entering the NFL draft...
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Missouri and Florida got into a benches-clearing scuffle at halftime that included several players throwing punches...
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — No. 10 Florida and defending national champion LSU are now scheduled to play in December. Unfortunately for coach Dan Mullen, the stadium still won't be packed.
The Southeastern Conference postponed Saturday’s LSU-Florida game a day after Mullen had 19 players and coaches test positive for COVID-19.