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    • #45449
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      At the same time StL, Mullen has as good or better of a resume than many NFL coaches. He’s proven to be steady, consistent winner in the SEC for more than a decade. Just look at the list of QBs he’s whispered into the NFL.

      Those are all attributes that would make Mullen attractive to NFL team owners. He’s still young enough to get a good decade of coaching out of him. Not sure two of your three have that left in them considering the money and hardware they’ve banked.

    • #45433
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      If it’s a coaching hire rumor, you can bet an agent is behind it. Usually it’s to get a raise in the current job. That’s the only “reliable” source for that information other than first person.

      It’s highly unlikely that Coach Dan Mullen is going to the Steelers for many reasons.

    • #45432
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      It’s entertaining to hear all of the different candidate names being tossed out there to the media by agents trying to add value to their head coach clients or get a little leverage in negotiating a raise. They are the source of many of the “tips” leaked to media during the hiring period.

      FSU fans are truly delusional. The top-tier candidates they’re promoting are unlikely to leave their current schools for the job in Tallahassee. Its more likely FSU will hire a top assistant from one of these schools when the season ends for their current team.

    • #45426
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      That’s the Achilles heel for this team early in the season, size in the front court. Adding experience only amplifies the disparity. It’s not that much different for UK in recent seasons with young teams.

      Fans need to relax. It’s how the season ends that matters. There’s a lot of role development and team building going on right now – if the Gators are play at a championship level.

      There’s more to it than just putting five guys on the court, no matter how talented. I Like Coach Mike.

    • #45361
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      Mark Stoops would be a great hire. I don’t know if FSU is that smart. They will figure out the money no matter who ends up with the job.

      The pressure is sky high to get it right this time, so wild cards like Kiffin are at a disadvantage if not out of the question. If FSU takes any chances, I would expect it on a coach associated with the program and school.

      I know from our own experience at Florida that coaching instability plays havoc with recruiting. It’s the continuity of coaching (the same system) and recruiting over a period of time that stocks the cupboard and builds a program.

      Now the situation is reversed. The coaching instability in Tallahasse will benefit Coach Dan Mullen and our boys in Gainesville, just like it has for them the past decade.

    • #45343
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      These guys are still learning each other names, much less their game. Give them a little time to play and learn together and they will be fine.

    • #45299
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      Serving of humble pie from FSU. Noles are replacing most of their starting line up, but these guys have played together and in Leonard Hamilton’s system. Classic illustration of how a defense can lead the team to points and the win – on the road.

      All the pieces are there for Florida. The Gators are going to be a very good team as the season progresses. For the sixth year in a row the Noles got the best of us early in the season.

    • #45256
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      I got Florida 32 – Vandy 10. Mullen wont run it up.

    • #45215
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      After watching the first few games, I have no doubt this Gator hoops team will score and play well together offensively.

      The FSU game will be very telling because it is our first encounter with talent and size inside. We are a little light in the paint this season and will have to continue experimenting with speed to the rim and shots from the perimeter. So watch what happens when Blackshear is doubled inside in this game. Sure to be a common theme against the bigger and talented teams.

      Defense is not very good right now. It’s going to take awhile to play into better technique and different coverage. I’ll watch for how we handle the hot hand on opposing teams. I’m not sure we’ll be able to contain a hot shooter in these early games as the defense is just not there yet. That’s the most obvious need as we start the season.

    • #45214
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      We are a year away in many regards, none more than depth. There’s been times the team has played at a high level which hides some of the shortcomings. The better teams expose our weaknesses.

      Rather than a letdown, I thought the team played at a high level for Georgia and just fell short on a couple of plays on offense and defensive. Under Dan Mullen we will continue to improve and be more competitive. We are definitely on the rise again in Gainesville.

    • #45083
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      I don’t know all the answers, but it was wrong for the NCAA to monetize college sports to the extreme and not do more for the players. I believe this can be implemented without ruining college athletics.

      An 18-21 year old would be able to gain some type of compensation in any other endeavor. I believe the school could have a trust for these players, or other ways to delay compensation or benefits until they leave school.

      It was EA Sports, NCAA Football game that brought this to a head. Up to 2014, they paid a blanket fee to the NCAA and then used the names, numbers and stats of any college athlete they wanted. Some of the players sued and gained an injunction so that no further editions of the game were released with actual player data.

      Jersey sales and other player-related merchandise (thier name on it) should also be “shared” with all the school’s sport athletes. When some college coaches are making over $100,000 or more a day, it unbelievable to expect the kids to just shut up and play.

    • #45066
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      This is always the biggest game of the season from my reckoning. This season it’s going to be a very close and competitive game. I believe the discipline of the Gator organization under Coach Dan Mullen will carry the day.

      This game will come down to how well the:
      * Gator defense loads the box and plays man in the back to limit rushing yards.
      * Bulldog defense drops a man into zone coverage to limit the impact of pass or RPO plays.

      Offensively,
      * Florida has not run well and tends to be pass-first behind a make-shift line.
      * Georgia has a diminished passing game, preferring to run behind a mammoth line.

      Special teams will be critical with a slight edge to Florida.

      I see this game testing the weaknesses of both defenses. The critical problem for Georgia may be scoring enough points on the ground to offset Florida’s air attack.

    • #45040
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      They’ve worked hard (paid dearly) through the years to keep the game. With each passing year the tradition has grown a bit more. For those who have never been, you are missing a truly great SEC environment and game.

      Dawg pile starter

    • #45026
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      The problem for Jones would be reading coverages. He has the ability to make all the throws.
      He’s not that far behind Trask with the overall offense, especially when you consider what he adds as a runner.

      Trask will rightfully get the start against Georgia and most of the minutes. All the historical comparisons with the Leak/Tebow tandem will require more playing time from Emory Jones in some key game situations. The Georgia game is the ideal setting to deliver.

    • #45025
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      Appreciate all the comments and thoughts.

      It’s a been awhile since the Florida hoops program has been so highly regarded in a first poll. I just think some essential ingredients in a formula for success are unproven, lack depth or may even be missing as the season opens.

      Minimizing injuries will be hyper-critical. When you look at all the roles, Nembhard and Blackshear are especially key.

      Outside, we have the young guns to keep us over 40. Our dribble drive capability should also improve.

      My concern lingers from the last couple of seasons, an inside presence. Not a good start with two big men already gimpy or unavailable before the first tip of the season. Sure we have Blackshear, but he will often be double-teamed. That puts more reliance on the power forward role on both ends of the court.

      Kevarius Hayes, Kieth Stone, Isiah Stokes, Deaondrae Ballard are gone. Now Dontay Bassett is out for at least the early part of this season. What happens when the banging begins? Where on the roster stat sheet, can we expect to regain the lost beef, rebounds and points?

      I don’t want to sound too critical. Because we can rely on perimeter shooting, dribble drive baskets, fouls and making the free-throws. We’ll have the personnel to do that.

      With so many new faces, early games will be part of the learning curve. Our pre-conference schedule is brutal. So it may not be a uneventful start to what has the potential to be a great season for Gator Basketball.

      It’s just a narrower path than a #6 ranking suggests.

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