Florida football: Where things stand a week into Dan Mullen era
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Dan Mullen summarizes plan for program
The first week of the Dan Mullen era has come and gone. Staff changes, recruiting and a sense of enthusiasm have taken over the program since his arrival. Mullen summarized his plan for the program on Saturday as part of a pre-taped segment with Tim Tebow on SEC Nation. The highlights:
- Mullen tells Tebow “I’m home” and that Florida is “where I want to be.”
- Mullen said he will build the Gators offense around existing personnel and find a way to score “a lot of points.”
- Mullen shared the advice he received from Urban Meyer.
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- Corey Gammage’s pick-6 helped Atlantic advance to the Class 8A state title game.
- Tight end commit Kyle Pitts is excited about Mullen’s offense.
- Florida’s December to-do list for the 2018 class.
In other Florida football news
- Florida football should benefit from the early jump on the crazy coaching carousel cycle that this offseason has seen.
- Mullen took out a full-page ad in a Mississippi newspaper thanking Mississippi State and its fans.
- Where the Gators ranked in the final SEC Country Power Poll.
Men’s basketball hosts Florida State
After a week off following the PK80 Invitational in Portland, Ore., the No. 6 Gators (5-1) host in-state rival Florida State (6-0) on Monday. Tip-off is set for 9 p.m. ET.
Volleyball advances in NCAA Tournament
The No. 2-seeded Gators volleyball team used a late fourth-set rally to defeat Miami 3-1 in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament on Saturday. Florida will host the regional round this weekend, with the field including No. 15 seed UCLA, No. 7 seed Minnesota and No. 10 seed USC. The Gators and the Bruins open action on Friday at 4 p.m. ET. The winner of the region advances to the Final Four in Kansas City.
Women’s basketball defeats Oklahoma
Behind a career-high 29 points from senior Dyandria Anderson, the Florida women’s basketball team defeated Oklahoma 80-61 in Norman, Okla., on Sunday as part of the Big 12-SEC Challenge. The Gators improved to 5-3 on the season and will next play No. 8 Ohio State (8-2) at home on Wednesday.
Women’s golf alumna earns LPGA card
Maria Torres, who competed with the Gators women’s golf team from 2014-17, became the first Puerto Rican to earn full-time playing status on the LPGA Tour after finishing in the top 20 in the final stage of qualifying. Torres was a two-time All-American during her collegiate career.
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What they’re saying on Twitter
Defensive back Chauncey Gardner:
Change is not always bad, just got to better myself as a person 💯
— Chauncey Gardner Jr (@CGJXXIII) December 4, 2017
Wide receiver Dre Massey:
You never know who’s watchin
— Drè Massey (@D1Masseyy) December 4, 2017
Linebacker Cristian Garcia:
Fans keep calling for an expanded college football playoff but do not want to see the athletes get paid. Where's the justification in the amount of money NCAA officials & conference commissioners are pocketing while the athletes are battling it out for the "love of the game" 👀
— C-GAR (@CrisGarcia99) December 3, 2017
Linebacker Kylan Johnson:
Stop feeding people who just want a plate to go 🧐
— Kylan Johnson (@__28k__) December 3, 2017
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