This one goes out to each and every Gator who loves to bandy about “1980” ($$).
Dan Mullen was prodded about the halcyon years, the ones that produced BCS hardware and a Heisman, the ones that set the post-Spurrier standard at Florida.
The question posed to him: Is it harder to win a national championship now than when the Gators did it in 2006 and 2008?
… But the difference in the league expanding from 12 to 14 teams hardly explains why Florida hasn’t won an SEC crown, much less sniffed a national title, in the past 12 years.
And Mullen knows it.
When he was the offensive coordinator, Florida was the king of college football back then. These days it is several seats removed in the line of succession.
“… several seats removed in the line of succession” is a nice turn of phrase, isn’t it?
And there’s this, about recruiting.
… There also have been a slew of five-star players that Florida loved and pursued and didn’t sign because of, well, Bama. Or Georgia. Or Ohio State. Or LSU. Or Clemson.
That’s a powerhouse list, and in terms of recruiting and roster depth, Florida no longer has a spot on it.
Pretty soon, all your Daily Gator is going to have is nostalgia.