End of the Dan Mullen era? Florida fans are furious after blowout loss to South Carolina
The Dan Mullen era may be nearing an end in Gainesville.
Florida lost 40-17 to South Carolina on Saturday, moving the Gators to 4-5 on the season and 21-12 in SEC play since Mullen took over in 2018.
The Gators also dealt with controversy during the week. Mullen’s dismissal of a recruiting question — and the subsequent backlash — caused the Gators to cancel all media availability for the week.
South Carolina put up a season-high 40 points on the Gators’ struggling defense. Quarterback Jason Brown became the third Gamecock QB to start a game this year, and he did well. He completed 14-of-24 passes for 175 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Kevin Harris and Zaquandre White each rushed for over 100 yards as well and averaged more than 8 yards per carry.
This loss could put Florida’s athletic department in a difficult spot this week. Mullen has a buyout of $12 million if he’s fired this season, but fans are asking for a change at head coach.
Here’s some of that reaction:
#Gators must fire Mullen. Clear he doesn’t want to be there. Clear he has lost the team. There’s no intensity or identity in the program. He can’t sell the program to top recruits. Did some good things but you can’t go 4-8 with this bleak of an outlook and keep wearing that logo.
— Hays Carlyon (@HaysCarlyon) November 7, 2021
If Dan Mullen doesn’t fire Todd Grantham by the time they get to the airport, then he needs to go.
— Planet George (@planet_george) November 7, 2021
Fire Dan Mullen https://t.co/oNzEjkY19r
— Robert Martin (@RobertMartinLT) November 7, 2021
Fire Dan Mullen
— Cousin Dave (@cousindaveUF) November 7, 2021
Fire Mullen pls https://t.co/xRaQPkP9l1
— Connor Ingalls (@ConnorIngalls) November 7, 2021
We’re past needing to fire Grantham anymore. There’s only 1 path for the program at this point. Dan Mullen has made it very clear thru his apathetic attitude & unwillingness to address the constant lingering issues that he’s no longer the right man to lead our program.
— Jeff Soble (@jeffsoble) November 7, 2021
— Nick Wize (@iAmNickWize) November 7, 2021
— Kiing Biird 🤴🏾🦅🖤 (@Lowkeyy_5020) November 7, 2021
Does Florida fire Dan Mullen tomorrow or wait until Monday?
— Cody Barfknecht (@codybarfknecht) November 7, 2021
— frank smith (@fcsrx7) November 7, 2021
@ScottStricklin dosent give a crap. We hired a bad athletic director and we are going to be paying for that for a long time. Foley wouldn’t have gave some of the extensions he gave and he would fire Mullen today.
— JS (@jsum83) November 7, 2021
I’m absolutely done with Dan Mullen, but if we fire Dan Mullen, who do we hire? I like Mario Cristobal or Lane Kiffin.
— Frankie Chong (@Frankiechong24) November 7, 2021
In Dan Mullen’s 4th year at UF, with his own hand picked 4th year QB starting, the gators were blown out by an unranked team to go 4-5… UF at its lowest since McElwain. Not much reason for the fans to be optimistic. Top recruits don’t seem to want to come here.
— Fire Scott Stricklin (@Sebastienlg) November 7, 2021
I really wanted Mullen to work. Even after Georgia last weekend, I was up for giving him another year.
Not anymore. Tonight was bad.#FireMullen
— Julia Jacobo (@JuliaTheWriter) November 7, 2021
Mullen is overrated & overhyped, avg SEC coach at best, players undisciplined especially on defense & shown in all of Mullen tenure.. 6 assistants r on their last year of their contracts, fire them all with Mullen, buyout is not as large as some of the other HC's.truly pathetic https://t.co/ztSHwn9uqa
— Killer Whale (@Gatorswhale) November 7, 2021
Fire Dan Mullen!!! Let’s go with a younger Coach. @FloridaGators
— Nick Johnson (@RedbullNick11) November 7, 2021
Fire Mullen and Grantham
— Flight Commander (@flt_cmdr) November 7, 2021