Both the University of Florida and LSU welcomed new coaches for the 2022 SEC football season. The Gators welcomed Billy Napier while the Tigers hired Brian Kelly.
Last season, Florida fired head coach Dan Mullen after a disastrous season. The last straw with Mullen was the 24-23 loss to Missouri in overtime. Eager to find a replacement to bring the Gators back to success, athletic director Scott Stricklin hired Billy Napier.
— Florida Gators Football (@GatorsFB) November 28, 2021
After years of assistant coaching, Napier landed his first head coaching gig at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2017. During his four-year tenure with the Ragin’ Cajuns, he led the team to a 40-12 record with a perfect 16-0 mark against members of the Sun Belt West Division. He earned Sun Belt Conference of the Year in 2019 and 2021 and the Cajuns became Sun Belt Conference Champions in 2021.
It has been up and down during his first season with the Gators. The Gators started off strong and were ranked No. 12 in the AP Poll during Week 2, but by Week 4, they fell out of the top 25, and have yet to be back. Last weekend, the Gators fell 45-35 to LSU. This week, they have a bye, and prepare to face the No. 1 Georgia Bulldogs on Oct. 29.
After a 12-year run at Notre Dame, Brian Kelly was hired as head coach for the LSU Tigers for the 2022 season. Kelly first took on a head coach position at Grand Valley State University, where he stayed for 13 years. During his tenure, the Lakers won five conference titles and made six Division II Playoff appearances.
Following the 2003 season, Kelly took over as head coach at Central Michigan. After three seasons of limited success, Kelly moved on to coach Cincinnati. His four seasons with the Bearcats ended with a 34-6 record. And then in 2010, he had his first season with Notre Dame.
This season, Kelly and the Tigers are 5-2 and 3-1 in SEC play. Last season, they ended 6-7 under Ed Orgeron.
The Tigers host No. 7 Ole Miss this weekend.