Well, this is something that explains much.
In 2018, Feleipe Franks had the best passing season by a Gator since Tim Tebow in 2009.
“Best season since Tebow” sounds a helluva lot better than seventh in the conference in passer rating, doesn’t it?
… It wasn’t as if Florida was attracting a large amount of blue-chip talent before Mullen’s arrival. In Jim McElwain’s classes, blue-chip prospects (four and five stars) made up 34.3 percent of Florida’s signees. That number is at 58.5 percent under Mullen, counting attrition and the 2020 class so far. The problem is an alarming one: Georgia is at 87.3 percent in the same time frame. [Emphasis added.]
Yeah, that’s a problem.
This list has been making the rounds on several message boards this offseason.
Say what you will about Florida football so far this year, it hasn’t been uneventful.
All publicity is good if it is intelligent. The thought behind the proverb had been expressed earlier by Oscar Wilde: The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about. … There’s no such thing as bad publicity except your own obituary. — P. T. Barnum
P. T. never met the 2007 Florida Gators.
For the record, I think Dan Mullen is a good coach. But this good?
It’s interesting because as great of a job as Mullen did last year and at Mississippi State, he’s only had 2 winning seasons in conference play during his 10 seasons as an SEC head coach. Obviously it was an uphill battle to turn around a historically down program in what many believe to be the toughest division in football.
But Mullen is probably the only person who would be considered a top 10 coach nationally who hasn’t won a division title.
He’s not making that last statement up. CBS’ last top 25 coaches ranking has Mullen checking in at number ten. (That’s one spot higher than James Franklin, whom I would suggest has a better resume than does Mullen. Also note this comment about #6 Kirby Smart: “I had Smart at No. 11 on my ballot, but it’s not that I don’t think he’s a good coach as much as I don’t think he’s been good enough for long enough to warrant being ranked this high this quickly.” But I digress, perhaps.)
Trolling aside, is Dan Mullen one of your ten best coaches in America?
The only thing more awkward than Dan Mullen’s recent attempts at trolling is an article ($$) trying to justify Dan Mullen’s recent attempts at trolling.
Then there was the comment Mullen made about player transfers. He was asked a general question about players receiving more waivers for immediate eligibility. This was in March, before the start of spring practice and after Fields had left Georgia for Ohio State.
“I’d think we did a poor job recruiting if guys were coming in and then immediately walking out the door because it was something different than what they thought it would be and we lied to them during recruiting, or we sold them on a dream that wasn’t true,” Mullen said.
Fans from rival schools were quick to revive the quote after Florida players entered the NCAA Transfer Portal, but, to be fair to Mullen, he was specifically discussing being truthful in recruiting pitches and didn’t make it seem like the Gators would be immune to attrition…
Riiight. He’s college football’s fearless truth teller on the recruiting trail.
Gotta admit I didn’t see this one coming.
Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said UGA and Florida will be discussing whether or not to sell alcohol in general seating areas at the schools’ rivalry game in Jacksonville…
“We could always do what both schools desire to do, (but) alcohol has not been sold in the general seating at Everbank (now TIAA) Field since we’ve played the game there (1996),” McGarity told DawgNation.
“It’s like any other neutral site game, as far as the same deal at Mercedes-Benz Stadium — schools could sell alcohol at professional stadiums,” he said. “So if we wanted to implement we could. It would be something we’d have to agree upon.”
Hell, if making money is the raison d’être for Jacksonville, you might as well make as much of it as you can. (Of course, that increases the revenue gap between staying there and going home-and-home, which probably means the folks in Jacksonville brought it up in the first place.)