Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin wants to make Florida football fun again, and he plans to get things headed in that direction with whoever he hires to be the next coach (no, it’s not Chip Kelly, yet). I say, why wait. Let’s get this party started right now, for these final two games of the season.
Hey, the pressure is off now. The head coach is gone, most of the preseason goals have vanished and the Gators should be loose and relaxed as they finally make their return to their beloved Swamp after being away for a month.
Interim head coach Randy Shannon and the players said earlier this week that the attitude on this team has remained upbeat and everyone is fired up for these last two games. The goal is to be prepared and go out and have fun, enjoy these last two games.
The Gators clearly have not quit. That was obvious in the second half at South Carolina last Saturday, and it’s been obvious on the practice field and in the meeting rooms this week.
The players haven’t quit. But have their fans? We’re about to find out. If we see a half-empty Swamp on Saturday, we’ll know the fans have given up on this team and this season. That’s OK, it’s been a tough year for everybody and maybe it’s time to focus on the coaching search and the future.
But these remaining players, who are not to blame for all the suspensions and injuries, are really hoping the fans have their backs and are engaged these next two weeks and help them put a positive ending on this season. Several players mentioned it this week, that they’re counting on the fans showing up and creating that electric atmosphere that makes The Swamp so special.
That probably isn’t going to happen. But, hey, the Gators are going to start having some much-needed fun anyway.
Prediction: Florida 24, UAB 23