Kirk Herbstreit explains why Florida had to fire Dan Mullen
It’s been almost a week since Florida fired head coach Dan Mullen, and the Gators continue looking for the next head coach.
Prior to the Missouri loss, there had been speculation that Mullen might be in trouble if he didn’t win both Missouri and FSU. He didn’t make it past the loss to Missouri.
Although the loss to the Tigers was the final straw, Kirk Herbstreit believes other factors were involved as well.
“What happened to me is they lost perspective,” Herbstreit said on College GameDay. “I think as a team they lost pride in being a Gator. I think other motivations are into play, whether it’s the individual motivation and trying to get to the next level. Whatever it was was a collective group. It wasn’t a couple guys in the corner. It was the entire team.”
Herbie also thinks that the next Florida head coach needs to revive what it means to be a Florida Gator.
“So, if I’m Scott Stricklin the AD, I’m trying to find someone who’s going to bring back playing in The Swamp means something. Bring back being a Gator means something. Not allow outside noise and outside distractions to affect you. That’s clearly happened there.”
Herbstreit also mentioned that he’s hearing Billy Napier is the favorite to land the job.
The Gators will try to end their season on a positive note as they face FSU Saturday at 12 pm ET.