Florida coach Dan Mullen hasn’t even coached a game in Gainesville, but he seems to already be saying the right things… depending on who’s listening.
Mullen addressed a group of Gators alumni, boosters and season ticket holders on Wednesday at a post-National Signing Day event. He was asked about trying to keep up with Georgia, after the SEC East rival just signed the nation’s best recruiting class and played for a national title.
The Florida coach decided it was the right time to take a jab at UGA.
“Listen, winning one SEC Championship Game doesn’t make you a dominant program, you know what I’m saying?” Mullen said with a laugh according to Gatorbait.net. “In two of the last three years, we’ve been to the SEC Championship Game. So even a blind squirrel finds a nut every once in a while.”
Mullen could also be talking about the line that Smart had after the College Football Playoff National Championship Game. Smart said that his program was not, “going anywhere.”
“I think everybody can see that Georgia’s going to be a force to be reckoned with,” Smart said.
The Bulldogs just won their first SEC Championship Game since 2005. They had not played for the SEC title since 2012. Florida played in the 2015 and 2016 SEC Championship Game’s. They also won their last national title in 2008.
In fairness to Mullen, he was saying this at a relatively private speaking engagement with his fans. So, he was more than likely just trying to fire up his base.
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