Willie Taggart and Dan Mullen will forever be linked after taking over at major Florida schools in the same offseason. So it begs the question — who will have more success? Taggart at Florida State or Mullen with the Gators?
College football analyst Brock Huard was asked that question on WJOX radio in Birmingham on Tuesday morning, and here’s how he answered it:
“I’m going to say Willie Taggart, and that’s probably a little more of a lean on the ACC versus what Dan has got in the SEC,” Huard said. “[Mullen] wanted to go back there, he knows the conference very well, obviously, he gets out of the SEC West and now it’s the East there where Kirby and some others.”
Huard cited a history of good coaches having success at Florida State. Both Bobby Bowden and Jimbo Fisher were able to pull off long runs of success in Tallahassee, while it’s much harder to sustain anything in the SEC while giants like Alabama and, perhaps, Georgia, are in the conference.
“I would think much like Jimbo had a pretty good run at Florida State and Bobby before him, Willie has some opportunities recruiting that state, the tradition, the history, the opportunity there to have more sustained success or maybe a quicker ramp up to success in Tallahassee than Dan does with the challenges in that conference,” Huard said.
The Gators play their usual SEC East conference schedule this year, plus two tough crossover games with the West — at Mississippi State and vs LSU.
While Florida State’s win total is likely to be higher by virtue of the schedule differences in the ACC and the SEC, Mullen can earn some good will by winning the head to head matchup. His first battle vs FSU will come on Nov. 24 on the road.
You can listen to Huard’s full interview on WJOX radio here: