Dan Mullen reacts to SEC expansion, how it changes recruiting footprint
Florida coach Dan Mullen spoke early in the week at SEC Media Days. So he didn’t have a chance to react to the news of Texas and Oklahoma coming to the league a couple weeks ago.
Mullen was asked on Thursday about how Texas recruiting Florida would change the league, and the expanded SEC overall. Mullen added that he likes the idea of four home games and four road games with a neutral-site game if the SEC goes to nine games.
“You look at OU’s run of going to the College Football Playoff the last several years,” Mullen said. “The term is there aren’t mega-conferences yet, but we’re as close as we can be to that now, and then you add those two teams, and it is certainly the strongest conference in all of college football.”
Mullen admitted that he first heard the news of the SEC expansion when he was at his lake house, and didn’t take it seriously at first. He then called Athletics Director Scott Stricklin.
“The recruiting impact is strengthening the league,” Mullen said. “You’re looking right now, I don’t know if there’s really a league in college football that could compete top to bottom with the SEC from top to bottom before those teams coming in, and now it’s going to be even a stronger footprint of teams.”