A blackout in Gainesville

Dan Mullen’s into fashion statements.

Florida coach Dan Mullen hasn’t been shy about the fact that he’s willing to try some new things and form some new traditions for the Gators now that he’s back in town as head coach.

And that might include some very untraditional looks for the Gators on the field.

“Here’s the one thing I want to do and it gets into uniforms,” Mullen said Wednesday night at a spring speaking stop in Pensacola. “We won’t be able to get a black uniform this year because they’ve all been ordered (already) but we will have a blackout game.”

Florida has worn a number of different jersey combinations in recent years, with the biggest break from tradition an alligator scales, dark olive green uniform last season against Texas A&M.

That jersey met with mixed results, but it still included mostly school colors.

A black jersey would potentially represent an even more stark break from tradition, as it isn’t a school color. Still, Mullen wants to shake things up.

“We’re going to do some cool things, I’ll tell you this, because what we have to do, we can’t be afraid,” Mullen said. “We’re not going to turn our back on tradition and the great tradition that we have at Florida. But also we’re not going to shy away from the future and how do we make ourselves better and have fun.”

I can understand wanting to get away from the color orange, but, damn, son, black?

My fervent wish is that the Gators trot out black jerseys for the Cocktail Party and get their asses handed to them, just so I can hear a Georgia player derisively dismiss “fake juice”.

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19 responses to “A blackout in Gainesville

  1. heyberto

    UF wearing one of our colors is sweet Schadenfreude if you ask me.

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  2. Spike

    Just what the hell is this world coming too? Stop, I wanna get off.

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  3. ATL Dawg

    This would be like us wearing blue or orange.

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  4. Granthams Replacement

    It’s becoming like the NBA, wear any color you want whenever you please.

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  5. mdcgtp

    I know we talk about Kirby’s attention to detail, which has included reintroducing Black jerseys. That said, Mullen proves a few things here. First, he is foolish to believe that black uniforms are an important part of UF’s future. That is absurd. Winning football games and not being a weirdo is what drives recruiting.

    Second, a black out, white out, red out, blue out, is not about the specific color. It is about creating a consistent look in the stadium. The fact that Mullen doesn’t grasp that reinforces for me that he is a follower and not a thought leader, which is ironic because he was one of the pioneers of zone read spread.

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  6. Greg

    Black is the new orange…..until the 3rd qtr (Dawgs), they gonna need some new bodies.

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  7. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    Well, I just think it is great. I hope Dan Mullen focuses all his thought s and efforts on shit like black unis. 🙂

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  8. HiAltDawg

    Wouldn’t black hurt recruiting? I mean getting to test drive Prison Jumpsuit Orange seems to be the best way they can get players…

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  9. UGA '97

    Yep thats just some damn fine recruiting there by Mullen. Did he really just state publicly that they cant find a way to get a uniform order replacement ready for what usually becomes one of the more impactful, SEC East deciding games over the last century? Bless his heart. Thought he wanted to make UF football more fun, and that to me is the kind of the sound of a program’s engine lights still on red. Our guys will gladly loan a few black and blue tattoos to go with of whatever garbage unis they trot out this year in Jax.

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    • Raleighwood Dawg

      Most everyone knows he could get practically any set of jerseys he wants in time for this coming season if he really wants to. Just another excuse when we kick their butts.

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  10. Opelikadawg

    I’m just glad it’s no longer is thinking of trotting out some butt-ugly new uniform for that game.

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  11. Opelikadawg

    “Us”, not “is”.

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  12. So the stadium will look more like all Georgia.

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  13. jt (the other one)

    Hope they wear black for the WLOCP. We are the home team this year. Hubris…their side in black ours in Red…hmmmm

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  14. NashvilleWest

    Hey, if I had putrid colors like orange and blue I’d try to change them to a classy color like black.

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  15. Those ugly green uniforms from last year make more sense for them than black. That’s just stupid and total fake juice.

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  16. Thorn Dawg

    Dressed like they’re going to a funeral!

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  17. Mayor

    Fake juice…There–I said it.

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