Gene Frenette: Misery Party — Gators, Dan Mullen feeling same pain as rest of state teams


A month ago, Dan Mullen had it pretty good. Nobody was questioning his coaching acumen, especially after his Florida Gators took then No. 1-ranked Alabama to the wire a second straight year, nearly winning without the services of dynamic backup quarterback Anthony Richardson.

Two SEC losses later, Mullen’s program has joined the state’s other six FBS teams in a den of misery.

What the Gators put on display in Saturday’s 49-42 defeat to LSU and now lame-duck coach Ed Orgeron — allowing 321 rushing yards to a team previously averaging 83.3 yards on the ground — was a damning indictment on Mullen, defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and the entire program.

Between that embarrassing loss and Mullen acting as if he doesn’t have a major quarterback issue, Florida couldn’t possibly head into next week’s showdown against No. 1-ranked Georgia at TIAA Bank Field on a bigger downer. More on that later.

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