[Updated: 3:24 p.m., 11-28] New Florida coach Dan Mullen has gone right to work assembling his coaching staff.
The anticipated became official Tuesday, when Mullen announced that two of his longtime assistants at Mississippi State — who also were on the same Urban Meyer staff with Mullen at UF — have joined his staff.
Billy Gonzales and John Hevesy were hired and went right to work Tuesday, hitting the recruiting trail to meet with prospects.
At Mississippi State, Gonzales and Hevesy were co-offensive coordinators. Gonzales coached the wide receivers and was the passing game coordinator, while Hevesy was the offensive line coach and running game coordinator.
There were also unconfirmed reports Tuesday that Mullen is not retaining interim head coach Randy Shannon and five other assistants — offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier, tight ends coach Greg Nord, secondary coach Corey Bell, wide receivers coach Kerry Dixon and defensive line coach Robb Akey. There was no official word from UF on those six assistants.
Four coaches remain on staff at this time — defensive line coach Chris Rumph, offensive line coach Brad Davis, running backs coach Tim Skipper and running backs coach Ja’Juan Seider, according to reports.
Skipper was on the road recruiting Tuesday.
The status and roles of all the coaches currently on the staff will be determined at a later date.
With MSU bowl eligible, Gonzales and Hevesy likely will continue to coach for the Bulldogs through the bowl game.
Gonzales was on Meyer’s UF staff from 2005-09 and coached the wide receivers. Hevesy coached the Gator offensive line and tight ends from 2005-08, leaving to join Mullen’s staff at MSU.
MSU defensive coordinator Todd Grantham also could eventually be joining Mullen’s UF staff in the same capacity. But he is considered a candidate for the Bulldogs’ head coaching job vacated by Mullen.
Lee Begley announced on her Twitter account Tuesday that she will become Director of Recruiting Operations at Florida. She held the same post at MSU under Mullen.
“I will ALWAYS cherish my time at Mississippi State. It’s a special place with special people! Looking forward to a new chapter in Gainesville!,” she wrote.
Mullen said Monday he could name his coordinators sometime in the next few weeks.
“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.”