Dan Mullen asked about future location of Florida-Georgia game
Kirby Smart has already drawn a line in the sand regarding the location about the Florida-Georgia rivalry.
Smart is very open about wanting to move the rivalry from Jacksonville to on campus starting in 2022. (The contract runs out for Jacksonville after the 2021 game). His main hang-up is recruiting.
“Yeah, absolutely it costs you a recruiting weekend,” Smart has said about Georgia-Florida in Jacksonville. “You don’t get to have anybody, they don’t get to have anybody. So our version of the LSU-Alabama game is held in Jacksonville and we don’t have prospects. So it’s not conducive to recruiting, absolutely it’s not. It’s just the way it’s been done here before.
“It’s just not great for recruiting because you lose a home game every other year and that just comes with it. But it certainly helps to have more home games.”
Georgia AD Greg McGarity didn’t take that hard of a stance, but he added, “I’m sure Georgia and Florida will be on the same page. We usually are on a lot of issues.”
So, we’ve heard Georgia’s perspective, but Florida hasn’t really spoken on the issue. DawgNation’s Mike Griffith spoke to Dan Mullen Monday about the future location of the game.
“I think for everybody, it’s such a unique venue for a game, and it’s one of the special games when you come over the bridge into Jacksonville and you see that stadium split right down the middle,” Mullen said.
“But with the landscape of college football changing, we’ll see what the future holds for that game.”
With the game in Jacksonville for at least three more seasons, it sure sounds like 2022 will look different. Smart is certainly in favor of moving it on campus, and Mullen seems open to it at this point.
You can watch Griffith’s full interview of Mullen below: