AP source: Mullen fires Shannon, hires Gonzales, Hevesy

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A person familiar says new Florida coach Dan Mullen has dismissed defensive coordinator Randy Shannon and five other assistants.

The person spoke to The Associated Press Tuesday on the condition of anonymity because the Gators have not publicly announced the personnel moves. The person says Mullen also parted ways with embattled offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier, defensive backs coach Corey Bell, receivers coach Kerry Dixon, tight ends coach Greg Nord and defensive assistant Robb Akey.

Offensive line coach Brad Davis, defensive line coach Chris Rumph, running backs coach Ja'Juan Seider and linebackers coach Tim Skipper remain on staff, at least for now. They are expected to be on the road recruiting this week.

Mullen also hired long-time assistants Billy Gonzales and John Hevesy.

Gonzales and Hevesy each spent at least 10 years working with Mullen, including several years in Gainesville.