SZNAP CHAT – NOVEMBER 18
By Adam Sznapstajler

IN ALL KINDS OF WEATHER

Well, a lot has happened since I gave my last update on the Florida Gators. They lost close games to Kentucky and LSU followed by getting blown out by both Georgia and South Carolina. Mullen also put his own foot in his mouth, giving reporters juicy comments about recruiting directly following the loss to Georgia.

This has led to a level of turmoil unseen in the Dan Mullen era in Gainesville. We have already seen Mullen cut loose tenured assistants in defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, as well as offensive line coach John Hevesy. These firings were mainly to appease booster’s and officials who are quickly looking past the recent success.

In my opinion, it would be foolish to move on from Dan Mullen. I do not remember the Will Muschamp or Jim McElwain eras fondly and moving on from a coach of Mullen’s caliber is usually not a smart move unless there is an obvious better option than Mullen. The lead candidates being bounced around, like Lane Kiffin and Luke Fickell, do not really excite me, as the hope is maybe they will be as good a coach eventually as Mullen is now.

Not to mention this was a rebuilding year that has gone worse than planned but it Is still a rebuilding team, not a preseason favorite to win anything.

I think Mullen deserves another season and the chance to hit a home run on his defensive coordinator hire, with as blank a check as possible to offer.

Despite the public pressure on Dan Mullen, I think there is one more person in the program who might need to go, Athletic Director Scott Stricklin. If the rumors are shown to be true, and he was aware of the transgressions of disgraced former women’s basketball coach Cam Newbauer, then that is unacceptable and he should be replaced immediately.