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December 19, 2018 at 9:57 pm #41009
This year’s class shows we’re in good hands with Coach Mullen.
December 19, 2018 at 2:46 am #40972
You did not mention Gator great Neal Walk, who should be at the top of any list.
Our situation should improve as the season progresses. Stokes has the potential to fill some of the vacuum at center. If Gak ever heals from international play he could settle into a role.
I give Hayes a lot of credit for playing out of position. He’s a better power forward for his time at center. He doesn’t dominate at center but is an effective shock blocker.
December 13, 2018 at 2:59 pm #40887
No. Sports aside, the disparity has always been there between colleges. The intention HAS NEVER been to make all institutions equal. That’s not possible for many reasons.
Besides, it would be nearly impossible to set a regulatory standard on facilities.
You are looking at a handful of elite colleges and universities and identifying a problem that doesn’t exist for a majority of institutions.
December 2, 2018 at 1:14 pm #40720
That’s just it, do these retirees have the energy and passion to be successful by working 14+ hour days, seven days a week to rebuild second tier programs? It’s a young man’s game.
Both coaches are taking positions geographically where they are starting from scratch with high schools, coaches and recruits. That alone is a 3-4 year curve.
Both of these colleges have football programs that are second to their hoops programs. These are challenging situations that take incredible effort and time by a new coach to address.
Both of these coaches are too old for anything but putting a coat of new paint on these programs. Let’s see how long they last as a second priority in funding and focus within the athletic departments of these universities.
No matter what their reputations and accomplishments, this is a steep uphill climb to turn these two wanna-be football programs around.
November 26, 2018 at 11:10 pm #40603
Stability is what every program needs. That was certainly the under story of the game.
The significance of Fischer leaving FSU is a loss of coaching continuity back through Bowden. That’s devastating. Taggert has much to do in creating and rebuilding relationships.
For UF, the Mullen hire was a throwback to Meyer’s golden years. Some of the coaches from that staff are still with Mullen, more so than with Meyer. They came with Mullen from MSU. That’s a high degree of coordinated coaching and organizational capability at UF from day one of the Mullen era.
November 25, 2018 at 10:51 pm #40580
These games mean everything because other than the clown school, it’s all they got.
November 25, 2018 at 5:16 pm #40571
Franks and the offensive line easily played their best game. Other than some red zones issues early, the offense played well.
November 19, 2018 at 12:10 am #40367
Continuity of coaching, or lack thereof, is the #1 factor that has hurt the Gators over the past decade.
How different would things have turned out if Mullen would have taken over when Meyer left? He may not have been a “big” enough hire at the time for many boosters. If hindsight is 20/20 this program would of had a better chance of staying at the elite level.
November 13, 2018 at 12:24 pm #40224
Some SEC West programs have always fared a little better such as Alabama and LSU to some degree.
It always comes down to continuity of coaching for the individual SEC programs. The West was stable for the past few years. They recruited well over time for their systems. Success followed.
Now that the West is turning over, LSU, Ole Miss, Texas A&M and MSU have new coaches. The East has been more stable and the victories are mounting.
November 4, 2018 at 9:22 pm #40003
It’s not just the defense. Third down has been weak on offense.
November 3, 2018 at 11:13 am #39956
On the road this week and late to the thread. Thanks for getting it started Arnie.
Gators will have to shore up the secondary or this gets ugly. Not a pretty win but Gators do enough 24-21.
October 31, 2018 at 10:55 pm #37183
The back of our defense is thin and inexperienced. Georgia had the personnel to exploit that weakness. Our front seven has done well to cover for the secondary.
The most significant statistic from the game is not third-down conversions but turnovers.
October 31, 2018 at 12:57 am #37054
That’s just it, hero or goat. It’s the nature of the QB position.
The reality of his situation is different. That’s why this program is on the rebound. The team accepts responsibility for the loss.
October 24, 2018 at 10:36 pm #35965
So true. We’re playing with house money with no room for error.
It’s the steady progress this Gator team has shown in each game that has me optimistic. It will take something approaching our best game to beat Georgia.
December 2, 2018 at 10:41 pm #40733
Not sure I follow the logic of calling the lack of coaching continuity a symptom.
Foley did not recognize the importance of that factor in hiring Muschamp, who had no previous head coaching experience, much less offensive sensibilities. The result was a complete overhaul of the Gator program and a promised 3-5 year rebuild that drifted to nowhere and MacElwain.
Had Muschamp hired a spread offensive coordinator, history may have been much different. That’s where coaching continuity (goes beyond a change of head coach) will best utilize players and skills already in and coming to the program.
That was a significant factor inhibiting Florida with a progression of schemes and offenses since the Meyer era.