The Georgia-Florida game will be played in Jacksonville, Fla., for at least three more years, due to contractual reasons.
But after the 2021 season, who knows?
What will happen to the event formerly known as the “World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party?” A shift to a home-and-home series between the two SEC East powers seems to be gaining traction.
At Tuesday’s SEC spring meetings, UGA coach Kirby Smart was clearly open to moving the location of the rivalry game, as detailed by DawgNation’s Connor Riley.
Smart’s reason? It’s a recruiting disadvantage for such a big game to be played at a neutral site (although it must be pointed out that UGA and Florida could host recruits there, but both schools’ athletic directors agreed not to do so, in order to keep profits healthy).
What about Dan Mullen? What’s his opinion game’s future in Jacksonville? On Tuesday, the Florida Gators’ coach was respectful of game’s tradition, but tiptoed around the topic.
“I will say this, obviously I think administratively is going to look at what they think is best for the program,” Mullen said, as reported by Swamp247’s Thomas Goldkamp.
“For us moving forward, I think it’s one of the really neat, unique games in all of college football. There’s not a lot of games where you have that, where you have the stadium split right down the middle at a neutral site like that and within a rivalry game. Makes it a lot of fun to play in Jacksonville.”
So Mullen wants to keep it there? Well …
“I think there’s three more years,” Mullen said. “We’ll see, you never know which direction college football is going in at that point. Because I think every other year — I can see (Smart’s) point of every other year you do lose an opportunity, one less home recruiting game every other year.
“But it is such a great event to have the game and it’s such a unique event in college football.
“I think you can make arguments that there’s a recruiting positive for it, but I think it’s such a great game and where it’s played is such a unique deal.”
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