I’m sure Gator fans will be positively giddy over the status quo Hinton cites there. (I’ll be curious to see if the media projections at SEC Media Days reflect that.) If we’re really lucky, maybe we’ll get a snarky comment from Mullen, to boot — after all, it’s kind of a Florida coaching tradition to keep the rubes stoked about that in the offseason.
What I’m not curious about is how Smart will react to such a narrative. Oh, sure, he’ll have some anodyne public comment about how it shows his team will just have to work harder in 2020, but I’m betting the reaction behind closed doors will be a lot harsher. Now, can he translate that into positive motivation for his program?