Dan Mullen named coach of the year semifinalist

On the cusp of a second-straight 10-win season, Dan Mullen was named a semifinalist for the George Munger Collegiate Coach of the Year.

In his second season, Mullen has led the Gators to a 9-2 record with only a game left against Florida State this season. The Gators are heavily favored to beat the Seminoles, which would secure back-to-back 10-win seasons for Mullen in his first two years at Florida and a bowl game left to play.

President Mark Dianno and the Maxwell Football Club released the complete list of 22 candidates on Wednesday. The semifinalist field was determined by the Club’s Selection Committee.

The semifinalist list is comprised of 22 coaches that will be widdled down to three finalists after voting is concluded on December 8.

Full list of semifinalists (alphabetical by school)
Troy Calhoun – Air Force
Eli Drinkwitz – Appalachian State
Matt Rhule – Baylor
Bryan Harsin – Boise State
Jim McElwain – Central Michigan
Luke Fickell – Cincinnatti
Dabo Swinney – Clemson
Dan Mullen – Florida
Kirby Smart – Georgia
Tom Allen – Indiana
Scott Satterfield – Louisville
Ed Orgeron – LSU
Mike Norvell – Memphis
Ryan Day – Ohio State
Lincoln Riley – Oklahoma
Mario Cristobal – Oregon
James Franklin – Penn State
Rocky Long – San Diego State
Sonny Dykes – SMU
Kyle Whittingham – Utah

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