Dan Mullen did a nice job of elevating Florida in year one as the Gators head coach. He still has an uphill climb in the SEC East, with how strong Georgia has become.
Mullen’s aware of it too. He’s spoken about the Dawgs a few times since taking over at UF.
In a recent meeting with the press, Mullen had a quote about his own team’s recruiting. It is hard not to take this as a swipe at UGA, in the fallout of the Justin Fields situation.
Fields, a former five-star quarterback and No. 2 overall recruit, left UGA after just one season, and has transferred to Ohio State.
He played in 12 games this season, but Jake Fromm’s improvement as a sophomore blocked him from taking on a larger role, or really challenging for the starting job.
Dan Mullen appeared to hint at the thought that Georgia was “misleading” toward Justin Fields.
He doesn’t name anyone specifically, but that situation is the most notable transfer of this type in recent memory.
From Thomas Goldkamp of 247Sports:
Dan Mullen on transfers. Justin Fields reference or nah? pic.twitter.com/ZMuOycSR4i
— Thomas Goldkamp (@ThomasGoldkamp) March 11, 2019
Of course, as noted by DawgNation, Fields has pretty openly said this is not what happened at UGA.
“I have no regrets about my time at UGA and have no hard feelings for the school or football program,” Fields said in his official statement. “My overall experience at UGA was fully consistent with UGA’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. My sister is a softball player at UGA. I am still close friends with many of my UGA teammates. A part of me will always be a Georgia Bulldogs fan.”
That won’t stop Florida or others of from negative recruiting. That is the way this world works.