Former Gator football coach Dan Mullen joins ESPN in analyst role

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Dan Mullen, the Florida Gators’ head coach from 2018 to 2021, is joining ESPN as an analyst for the coming college football season.

He appeared on Steve Russell on WRUF’s “Sportscene” on Thursday to talk about his new opportunity.

“I’m excited to be a part of the team and to go work with them, get on air, talk some football, stay in the business and check out a different side of things,” Mullen said.

Russell also asked him to reflect on what went wrong at the end of his tenure as the Florida football coach. After starting out 2-0, the Gators lost by two points to Alabama, then finished the season losing five out of their last nine games. Mullen was fired in late November after the final loss to Missouri.

“We thought last year was going to be a little bit of a rebuilding year,” he said. “If you look at the year, the way it finished, that’s the business. College football is about performing.”

Mullen said he still loves the Florida fan base but called the expectations in Gainesville for a head coach “extremely high.”

“What happened happened,” he said, adding that he’s enjoyed time with family and other pursuits outside the football world since leaving UF.

Russell asked him if he’ll coach again. Mullen laughed.

“You never know what the future’s going to hold,” he said. “We’ll see. A lot’s going to depend on my family.”

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