Report: Florida to name Louisiana’s Billy Napier head coach

Field Level Media

November 28, 2021 at 6:19 pm.

Florida could name Louisiana’s Billy Napier as the Gators’ next head coach as early as Sunday, Yahoo Sports reported.

Napier has guided the Ragin’ Cajuns to an 11-1 record this season and owns a 39-12 record in four seasons there.

He would replace Dan Mullen, who was fired on Nov. 21 after leading the Gators to a 5-6 start.

Florida finished 6-6 and gained bowl eligibility Saturday with a 24-21 win against rival Florida State in Gainesville. Greg Knox served as the interim coach for the Gators.

Napier, 42, was the Sun Belt Conference’s Coach of the Year in 2019 and guided Louisiana to a conference title in 2020. The Ragin’ Cajuns will defend their title Saturday against Appalachian State.

Before taking over the program in Lafayette, La., Napier worked as an assistant coach at Arizona State, Alabama, South Carolina State, Colorado State and Clemson.

Mullen, 49, left Florida with a 34-15 record in four seasons. His Gators went to three New Year’s Six bowl games, winning two.

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