It’s time to have a serious conversation about Dan Mullen’s future at Florida.
Based on the team’s recent performances and comments made by Mullen in the press (particularly about recruiting), the faithful back in Gainesville were already restless about the trajectory of their program.
And then the Gators went and turned in a completely lifeless performance on the road against South Carolina on Saturday night, losing 40-17 to drop to 4-5 on the year.
This was a South Carolina team that barely beat Troy, needed a last-minute touchdown to beat Vanderbilt and was down to third-string quarterback Jason Brown, a guy who transferred in from an FCS program and was behind ex-graduate assistant Zeb Noland on the depth chart.
Despite that, Brown and the Gamecocks went out and torched Todd Grantham’s defense. The Gamecocks entered Saturday’s game averaging 327.6 yards and 20.9 points per game, No. 114 and No. 115 in the nation, respectively. South Carolina gained 316 yards and scored 30 points in the first half alone, taking a 30-10 lead into halftime.
Meanwhile, Mullen’s offense scored 10 early points before largely sputtering the rest of the way. The Gators looked unconfident and, at times, downright disinterested. Mullen, who said after the game his team was dealing with a nasty flu bug, had no answers. Grantham, predictably, didn’t either.
Florida head coach Dan Mullen walks off the field after a loss to Georgia in an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
It was just the latest chapter in what has been a dispiriting tailspin that dates back to the final month of the 2020 season. The Gators have now lost eight of their last 10 games against Power Five opponents. But last year, the Gators were 8-1 and fighting for a College Football Playoff spot…