Dan Mullen has a taken a few shots at Georgia in his short time at the University of Florida. And it appears that he may have taken another one on Monday while discussing transfers.
Mullen was speaking to reporters on the subject of transfers when he seemed to take a clear swipe at Georgia regarding how it seemed to handle the transfer situation of quarterback Justin Fields. Fields famously transferred from Georgia after just one season.
“I’d think we did a poor job recruiting if guys were coming in and then immediately walking out the door because it was something different than what they thought it would be and we lied to them during recruiting, or we sold them on a dream that wasn’t true,” Mullen said, according to Thomas Goldkamp of 247Sports.
Dan Mullen on transfers. Justin Fields reference or nah? pic.twitter.com/ZMuOycSR4i
— Thomas Goldkamp (@ThomasGoldkamp) March 11, 2019
Fields ended up at Ohio State where he was granted immediate eligibility to start after filing an appeal with the NCAA. Fields commented on his time at Georgia after being granted immediate eligibility.
“I have no regrets about my time at UGA and have no hard feelings for the school or football program,” Fields said in his official statement. “My overall experience at UGA was fully consistent with UGA’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. My sister is a softball player at UGA. I am still close friends with many of my UGA teammates. A part of me will always be a Georgia Bulldogs fan.”
Fields appeared in 12 games as a freshman at Georgia, but he was unable to beat Jake Fromm as the starting quarterback. Fields was ranked as the No. 2 overall player in the 2018 recruiting cycle, and is widely expected to be the starting quarterback at Ohio State in 2019.
Georgia has done an excellent job when it comes to recruiting, as the Bulldogs have signed the No. 2 and No. 1 classes in the 2019 and 2018 cycles. Mullen has signed the No. 14 class in 2018 and the No. 9 class in 2019.
As for some past instances of Mullen throwing shade at Georgia, the Florida head coach compared Georgia winning the SEC East in 2017 to a blind squirrel finding an acorn.
“Listen, making it to one SEC Championship Game doesn’t make you a dominant program, you know what I’m saying?” Mullen said. “I mean, two out of the last three years we’ve still been to the SEC Championship Game. So even a blind squirrel finds a nut every once in a while.”
Kirby Smart hasn’t commented on the Fields since he officially transferred from the program. Smart and the Bulldogs did beat Mullen and the Gators 36-17 last year in Jacksonville, Fla., The two teams meet again this year on Nov. 2. Both teams will likely enter the season as top-10 teams, with many pegging the Bulldogs to begin the year in the top 5.
Georgia has won the last two games against Florida, as the Bulldogs crushed the Gators 42-7 back in 2017. In his first year at Florida, the Gators went 10-3, with a win over Michigan in the Peach Bowl.
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