Dan Mullen says every game in the Sunshine State is a home game for Florida: 'We have eight home games this year'
Miami, Florida State and Georgia have just been put on notice, if you play the Gators inside the state of Florida, it’s a home game for Dan Mullen’s program.
That’s what the leader of the Gator program had to share recently during a speaking appearance to the Daytona Beach Gator Club. The way Mullen sees it, the University of Florida owns the state and it doesn’t matter if the game is on a neutral field or an opponent’s field, it’s all the same to him.
“We have eight home games this year,” Mullen said according to Zach Dean of GatorSports.com. “We’re the University of Florida. If we play in the state, it’s a home game. Last year we had a home game in Tallahassee. This year we have one in Orlando.”
Shots officially fired to the Seminoles and Hurricanes there.
It’s hard to argue with Mullen’s assessment considering the Gators just went into Tallahassee and destroyed Florida State 41-14 at the end of last season. Miami fans may take exception to that comment but judging by the fan interest in the Hurricane’s Orlando spring game, Mullen is probably correct in claiming Orlando, too.
The only debate may come from Georgia fans, as the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party is annually split 50/50 and the Bulldogs’ success in that game recently indicates Kirby Smart’s program is very comfortable playing the Gators in Jacksonville. Either way, Mullen’s bravado has definitely won him some fans among the Gator faithful and considering the direction of his Florida program, it may not be long before the entire state does belong to the team from Gainesville.