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By firing Jim McElwain and hiring Dan Mullen, Gators AD saved Scott Stricklin Florida Football



Passing the typewriter. …

What if Jim McElwain somehow beat Georgia in the last year?

Would he still be the coach of the Florida Gators instead of Dan Mullen, who has taken over McElwains dysfunctional program and miraculously changed the overall attitude and attitude (19659003) Given the amazing turnaround that has been going on since the Florida Georgia Week last When McElwain invented these death threats and was fired immediately after the 42-7 blowout loss to the Dawgs, I asked UF athletics director Scott Stricklin on Friday the $ 7.5 million McElwain buyout question.

Would he have fired Jimmy Mac if the Gators had done a terrific surprise last season and beaten the undefeated No. 3 Bulldogs?

Stricklin responded during an appearance on my Opening Mike Radio Show on the eve of today's mammoth matchup between the No. 9 Gators and the No. 7 Bulldogs: "I will not speculate, but I'll say that outc The omegas of games are symptoms of what's happening in your program daily.

"I said on the day we made the change last year that it was about more than profits and losses. I will stay with it. The result of what happened on the field in Jacksonville a year ago was systemic of what was going on elsewhere in the program. The things that take place away from the public eye are the things that lead to the results within the public. Thankfully, the invented death threats and demoralizing losses for Georgia have happened and have opened the door for Mullen's program -saving arrival and gave Stricklin the opportunity he needed to get rid of McElwain, who in my mind as the [UG1

35] Short stuff: Mikey likes: Georgia over Florida at 6 in the Point Spread Upset Special, Clemson over Florida State at 7 in Point Spread Upset Special II, USF over Houston 4 in Upset Special, Eagles on Jags at 8 in Make-or-Blake game for Bortles, Bucs over Bengals at 4 in Upset Special II, UCF AD Danny White over Kirk Fallreit through Appy State's sale to Georgia Southern. Speaking of White, UF's Stricklin praised his compatriot AD (and Gators' brother's basketball coach Mike White) for playing aggressively for the UCF football program Said Stricklin: "It can be frustrating if Your program does not get the respect you think is right. You can not be in this business and not admire what he has done. "

When you finish reading this sentence, Deshaun Watson will have thrown three touchdown passes against the dolphins … Judging by the push-back I've seen on social media, I think It should be the amount of hypocrisy that college basketball coaches and even college basketball analysts can make millions of dollars of sneakers that they should change the nickname of today's Florida Georgia game into "The World's Largest Outdoor UCF Cocktail Party" But college basketball players can not even accept a free meal from these same sneaker companies – why should not Kansas player Silvio De Sousa play while the school is recruiting in the Adidas trial, but coach Bill Self and his assistants, who have been accused of breaking the NCAA rules during the trial, may still become coaches, and coaches should not be held to higher standards than players ? I just say …

Blake Bortles starts for the Jaguars in London on Sunday, but ESPN reports that he is on a "short leash". In analogy to my dog, my buddy Brandon, became a coach recently. Doug Marrone was supposed to shock Blake, and zap Blake every time he made a profit. Ouch! … If our government had secrets like Josh Heupel to hide McKenzie Milton's injury, our big nation would be much better off! … You know the old Don Henley song "End of the Innocence?" Henley has to write a sequel for college football fans and analysts who spit out misinformation on Danny White, who are reportedly planning no Power 5 opponents for UCF. Call it simply "end of ignorance". … Predicting the loss of Ohio State against Purdue last week: Urban Meyer will soon announce that he is stepping down to spend more time with his ESPN family. …

Last Word: Billionaire Tony Ressler, in an interview with The Athletic, took over the role of the neophyte owner of the Atlanta Hawks three years ago and immediately signed a contract to make Dwight Howard a three Signed -Year, $ 70.5 million contract before being traded a year later: "It's like the story of a poker game when you look around and you wonder who the fish is. If you do not know the answer, I do not want to blame anyone because I was the bastard I realized the mistake in the minute after I did. "

Moral of the story: Dwight Howard has every NBA franchise for which he has ever played, fooled.

Send an e-mail to mbianchi@orlandosentinel.com. Meet me on Twitter @BianchiWrites and listen to my Open Mike radio show every day from 6am to 9pm on FM 96.9 and AM 740.


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