GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With a new football coach comes the turning of the page and the chance to start fresh with the coaching staff. That will be no different with Dan Mullen, who was formally introduced as Florida’s coach on Monday.
Mullen, who spent the last nine years as head coach at Mississippi State after four years as the Gators’ offensive coordinator, said turnover is anticipated. Just how much turnover and just how long it will take to fill out the staff is yet to be determined.
“I’ll evaluate some of the staff that’s here,” Mullen said. “I’m sure we’re going to have some staff changes and none of that is going to be finalized, really, probably till after the new year with everything going on, until we can get our final staff in place, if you will.”
While it’s expected that there will be a massive overhaul of the coaching staff, there’s usually at least some carryover from the previous regime.
When Will Muschamp took over for Urban Meyer in 2011, he kept two members of the previous coaching staff: running backs coach Brian White and special teams coordinator D.J. Durkin.
Jim McElwain kept offensive line coach Mike Summers from Muschamp’s final staff.
There are already reports circulating that Mullen is planning on bringing at least three members from his staff at Mississippi State over to Florida: defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, offensive line coach John Hevesy and wide receivers coach Billy Gonzales.
Mullen confirmed he does have a short list of candidates for his coordinator spots but plans likely will not be finalized until after the season ends.
“Yes, I do and hopefully we’ll have some of that done sooner rather than later to have some of our coordinators in place,” Mullen said. “I think I’ll have some of my assistant coaches in place in the next two weeks, and possibly finalize it after the Bowl game. There’s a lot of people still playing football right now.”
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