It appears the Florida Gators have their guy. According to multiple reports, Billy Napier will be the next head coach of the Florida football program. An announcement could come as early as Sunday or Monday.
As @SInow reported yesterday, Billy Napier is Florida’s guy.
Deal could be finalized soon. https://t.co/Xz8PzsUYuh
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) November 28, 2021
Napier has been the head coach at Louisiana-Lafayette for the last four years and accumulated a 39-12 record over that span.
This year, the Ragin’ Cajuns have compiled 11 straight wins after dropping their season opener to Texas. ULL is slated to face Appalachian State in the Sun Belt Championship Game on Saturday. It is unknown if Napier will coach that game.
Napier, 42, spent several years as an assistant for Dabo Swinney at Clemson and more recently spent four years at Alabama learning under Nick Saban.
The Gators’ coaching vacancy came last week as AD Scott Stricklin made the more to fire Dan Mullen after an underwhelming season on and off the field.
UPDATE (2:12 PM):
The Gainesville Sun’s Zach Abolverdi is reporting that Stricklin has a meeting with the team scheduled for 8:00 AM.
Napier is 39-12 in four years with the Cajuns, including three consecutive 10-win seasons and a Sun Belt title.
— Zach Abolverdi (@ZachAbolverdi) November 28, 2021