Billy Napier has been officially hired as the next head coach of Florida’s football team. The move comes after he led Louisiana to their first ever win over Auburn in 2017, and before they went on to finish 10-3 this past season.
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Florida announced on Sunday that Louisiana’s Billy Napier has been hired as the Gators’ new football coach.
In a statement, Napier stated, “We are humbled and pleased to accept this tremendous opportunity to be the head football coach at the University of Florida.” “Every day, our team, staff, and whole organization will try to develop a program of integrity and class in which we can all take pride.” More significantly, we will cultivate a culture that prioritizes having a positive influence on our players as individuals, students, and athletes on the field.
“We welcome the challenges ahead and look forward to meeting them. We’ll put together a special team and go to work right away on creating a fantastic program. President Dr. [Kent] Fuchs and Athletic Director Scott Stricklin deserve particular recognition. We’re excited to go to Gainesville and begin our adventure!”
On Saturday, Napier will coach the Ragin’ Cajuns in their Sun Belt championship game against Appalachian State (3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN).
Napier, 42, has spent the last four seasons at Louisiana, leading the Ragin’ Cajuns to ten victories or more in each of the last three seasons. Louisiana has never won ten games in a season before his arrival in the program’s history.
In recent years, he has turned down many SEC head-coaching possibilities and has surfaced as a candidate for a number of high-profile roles this season. During this hiring cycle, LSU and Virginia Tech were also interested in Napier.
In a statement, Stricklin stated, “I’ve watched and analyzed Billy Napier’s career with interest, and he became the major target soon once this post became available.” “We were confidence in his ability to lead the Gators, which is why he was the only candidate I interviewed for the position.”
Napier, a former Furman quarterback, worked for Clemson’s Dabo Swinney and Alabama’s Nick Saban. Before taking the Louisiana position in 2018, he was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Arizona State for one season.
Napier’s offenses at Louisiana have averaged 31.9 points per game or higher in each of his four seasons in Lafayette.
He takes over for Dan Mullen, who went 34-15 in four seasons at Florida and led the Gators to the SEC title game last season. Mullen, on the other hand, has dropped four consecutive games versus Power 5 opponents this season and is 3-9 all-time against Power 5 opponents going back to the last three games of the 2020 season.
In Saturday’s regular-season finale, Florida beat Florida State 24-21 to finish 6-6 and qualify for the playoffs. The Gators’ 2-6 record in the SEC was their lowest since 1986.
Since Will Muschamp’s last season in Gainesville in 2014, Napier has been the fourth Florida head coach. The last time the Gators won an SEC title was in 2008. They won eight SEC championships between 1991 and 2008, six of which were earned by Steve Spurrier.
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