I think Mullen had the right idea. Let the players have fun--get them
pumped up and motivated for all the hard work they are going to have to do
this summer in the weight room.
Helen


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On Mon, Apr 16, 2018 at 2:04 PM, Oliver Barry <bar...@realtracs.com> wrote:

> Another good point. As I recall, after talking with Kelly they didn’t like
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> *From:* 'Scott Lucas' via GatorTalk [mailto:gatortalk@googlegroups.com]
> *Sent:* Monday, April 16, 2018 10:59 AM
> *To:* Gatortalk; Woody
> *Subject:* Re: [gatortalk] Re: [gatornews] How to define what happened
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> He also made his distaste for Mullen very obvious when he made the
> "whiffed on Chip Kelly" comment.  He was in no way ready to give Mullen a
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> On Monday, April 16, 2018, 11:01:35 AM EDT, Woody <gatorrr...@gmail.com>
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> I get Will's point... but I think it was somewhat of an overreaction. We
> were never going to learn anything from the spring game. It was all about
> making it fun and reconnecting football with the fan base.  We're not going
> to see any improvement until maybe halfway through the season.
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> On Mon, Apr 16, 2018 at 10:27 AM, Shane Ford <goufgator...@gmail.com>
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> https://www.readandreaction. com/2018/04/15/define-
> happened-2018-florida-spring- game/
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> How to define what happened during the 2018 Florida spring game
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> *Posted** on April 15, 2018
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> After the 2018 Orange and Blue Debut, Dan Mullen said that he just wanted
> to bring fun back to Florida football.
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> Maybe I’m old. Maybe I had unrealistic expectations. But what I watched on
> Saturday afternoon wasn’t much fun. It was barely football.
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> I was expecting a fireworks show with QBs throwing deep to all of the wide
> receiver weapons we’ve heard so much about all offseason. Instead, I saw
> QBs who didn’t look much different than they did a year or two ago. I saw
> offensive linemen consistently struggling in pass protection. I saw busted
> coverages by linebackers on tight ends that ended up in touchdowns.
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> The only players who caught anything deep were alums who last played for
> Florida before any of the current players were born.
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> With apologies to Lawrence Wright and Travis McGriff, I didn’t tune in to
> watch a legends game. I tuned in to see a preview of the explosive offense
> I was promised when Scott Stricklin whiffed on Chip Kelly and brought in
> Mullen to restore the Florida program.
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> <https://www.seccountry.com/florida/comes-mullen-vs-taggart-florida-won-coaching-search-battle-florida-state>
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> struggled so much offensively, the entire vibe on offense was just tone
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> I want games in The Swamp to be spectacles. But this was a circus.
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> While the deep throws to former players were puzzling, I think the events
> of the day were best exemplified by QB Feleipe Franks “60 yard” run for a
> TD. Defensive back Quincy Lenton clearly had Franks in his sights about 10
> yards downfield and slowed down. Then DBs McArthur Burnett and Trey Dean*
> caught up to Franks at the 15 yard line (enough to grab his jersey) but he
> was given the TD anyway.
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> Then Franks kicked the ball up into the stands and celebrated like he had
> just scored the game winner against LSU.
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> Some may try to say this was just having fun. They may tell you that the
> environment under the previous regime was so bad that Mullen had to do
> something to lighten the mood. They may tell you that this was about the
> fans, former players and recruits having a good time. They may be right.
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> But I think it was embarrassing. It was Butch Jones trash-can
> <https://www.si.com/college-football/2017/09/04/tennessee-volunteers-football-sideline-trash-can>
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> bad. I half expected Mullen to come out in his postgame press conference
> and proclaim that it was part of building the program “brick by brick.”
> <https://www.knoxnews.com/story/sports/college/university-of-tennessee/football/2016/12/13/tennessee-coach-butch-jones-explains-brick-brick-origin/95384568/>
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> Mullen has repeatedly spoken about the “Gator standard” way of doing
> things. One of the reasons I thought he understood that standard was that
> the SEC East championship signs came down almost immediately after he was
> hired. It indicated that the days of participation trophies were over.
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> But maybe we need to define what the Gator standard is a little bit
> clearer. It’s pretty simple: winning.
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> From 1990-2010, Florida won 78 percent of its games and finished the year
> unranked 3 times. Those teams averaged 35.2 points per game and an
> offensive ranking of 19.5. From 2011-2017, Florida has won 59 percent of
> its games and has finished the year unranked 4 times.  Those teams have
> averaged 24.0 points per game and an offensive ranking of 92.9.
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> I saw nothing on Saturday that was building towards the former kind of
> offense or level of winning. It was a waste of a practice and a waste of
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> I spoke with multiple people that I know who were there. They showed up
> expecting to be excited about the direction the program was headed.
> Instead, they left wondering whether the staff felt the only way to
> generate excitement was to do so artificially.
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> When UCF claimed a National Championship after defeating Auburn this past
> season, my reaction was that it was ridiculous. But I understood what they
> were doing and even appreciated how their marketing efforts kept the school
> in the news and the national consciousness.
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> But that kind of behavior is beneath Florida. It’s why I’ve settled on the
> word unbecoming to describe the spring game. This is an elite, blue-blood
> program.
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> It shouldn’t require gimmicks to make the game fun.
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> **An earlier version of this article identified Joseph Putu instead of
> Trey Dean as one of the defensive backs who had an opportunity to tackle
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