Former Florida Gators HC Dan Mullen returns to football

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Photo: Dan Mullen; Credit: Alex Shepherd

After his November 2021 firing from his position as head coach of the Florida Gators, Dan Mullen had more than 12 million reasons (well, in dollars, in buyout money) to take a break from football.

But Mullen apparently can’t help but scratch the itch of being on the grill, at least to some extent.

Mullen has agreed to become a “contributing resource” at Lake Oconee Academy’s football program in Greensboro, Georgia, the K-12 charter school announced Sunday. The program issued a statement confirming Mullen’s position after outlet DawgSports on SBNation incorrectly reported that Mullen was to be named the school’s offensive coordinator.

“Coach Mullen will serve as a contributing resource to the Lake Oconee Academy football program and athletic department,” LOA athletic director Chris Ingle told Lake Oconee News. “Coach Mullen’s knowledge and experience in football is world class. We look forward to him sharing this with our coaches and student-athletes. He will provide tremendous insight and guidance in building our youth program, particularly in the areas of offensive development and quarterbacking.

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“It is unfortunate that reports of him being named offensive coordinator have surfaced without confirmation. While he is great in that role, he will not be active as an offensive coordinator at Lake Oconee Academy. looking forward to him being a member of our community and the Titan family.

Mullen reportedly owns property in the Lake Oconee area and his son, Canon, recently visited the school as the family worked to relocate from Gainesville, Florida.

Lake Oconee Academy launched its football program in 2021, growing from 2 to 4 on a junior varsity schedule. The program named former Georgia Bulldogs defensive assistant Patrick Stewart as head coach last week.

Mullen, who first contributed to the Gators as an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach under Urban Meyer during the UF Nationals in 2006 and 2008, has spent the past four seasons as the head coach of the Florida before being fired late last year.

Although Mullen’s Gators compiled a 29-9 record with two New Year’s Six Bowl wins and an SEC Championship appearance in his first three years on the job, Mullen was let go after going 5-6 all throughout the 2021 season and failing to produce a plan to get the program back on track after its rapid downfall. He was replaced by former Louisiana chief Billy Napier in December 2021,

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