Frustrated Mullen Says Florida Gators Should 'Pack The Swamp' After Loss

Zach Goodall

Pandemic be damned, Dan Mullen wants you in The Swamp next week.

Following Florida's 41-38 upset loss to Texas A&M Saturday afternoon, a frustrated Mullen met with the media saying he plans to reevaluate every aspect of Florida's defense, the main suspect in Florida's defeat. However, although he acknowledged those issues, Mullen also pivoted to saying home-field advantage helped A&M along the way and made a plea to UF for the same help.

"It was a great day of football, great atmosphere out there. [The] crowd was certainly a factor in the game, I will certainly say that," said Mullen. 

"I know our governor passed that rule so certainly, hopefully, the university administration decides to let us pack The Swamp ... Hundred percent, because that crowd was a major factor in the game, and so, I certainly hope our university administration follows the governor. Our governor has passed a rule that we're allowed to pack the Swamp. We have 90,000 in The Swamp to give us that home-field advantage that Texas A&M had today"

State of Florida governor Ron DeSantis' office cleared the way earlier this week to allow football stadiums across the state to return to full capacity amidst the coronavirus pandemic. To begin the season, UF allowed 20% of its usual capacity in the stands.

After the report surfaced from the governor's office, Gator Bait Media's Kassidy Hill shared the following statement from UF.

Mullen is a competitor and has been known to call out unfair, competitive advantages in the past and he appears to feel the same way about crowd size. The issue is that the nation is still suffering from the pandemic, with nearly 3,000 COVID-19 cases added in the state of Florida, and 118 deaths, just on Friday according to the New York Times.

As of this story, COVID-19 has claimed the lives of 214,000 Americans, infecting over 7.7 million people in the country this year.

Mullen was given a chance to walk back his statement when a reporter asked for clarification. He didn't.

"Absolutely want to see 90,000 in The Swamp," said Mullen. "The section behind our bench, I didn't see an empty seat. It was packed. The entire student-section—must have been 50,000 people behind our bench going crazy. So, hopefully, like I said, hopefully that create the home-field advantage for us next week, because now we've passed the law in our state that we can do that. "

ESPN reports that 24,709 fans attended Saturday's game between Florida and Texas A&M. The Gators will host LSU next Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, at 3:30 p.m.

Comments (34)
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skendallUF
skendallUF

Frustrated coach during a press conference, I get it. It was not the right thing to say. The defense is what he's mad at.

gatoryak
gatoryak

My respect for Mullen just dropped to zero.

Flymo
Flymo

Mullen demonstrates a complete lack of leadership not to mention the hundreds of deaths that will likely occur if he gets his wish. What a whiner and loser!

DelRios1978
DelRios1978

"with nearly 3,000 COVID-19 cases added in the state of Florida, and 118 deaths, just on Friday" My opinion was CFB should not return until August 2021. However, since the Governor says 90,000 tickets are OK it is Dan Mullen's job to win at a high level NOW. Nothing short of the SEC championship & a NY6 is acceptable. They paying him 36.6 million so they need to take it up with the Governor, not Mullen.

Oldknight
Oldknight

This is a different "whine" from the Gators how? Mullen is a career assistant in a head coaching roll.

Oldknight
Oldknight

This is a different "whine" from the Gators? Mullen is a career assistant in a head roll.

RANGERUP_2010
RANGERUP_2010

Yall are just haters!!! Do not sleep on them! Yall probably will tho because most of yall TV coaches have no clue how to coach in an environment like that. Take your asses to FSU with all that garbage!! Also learn how to put down a football team because all the crap i hear (that pacifier shit) is for Pop Warner!! Sloppy bitch ass fans!!! All of you will see for sure next week when we make LSU bleed!!

Lukki6
Lukki6

Mullen is such a crybaby. He knows thru are toast and 7-3 at best. Great offensive coordinator but not a clue on defense. 3rd and Grantham lives on. Enjoy the gator bowl

Lukki6
Lukki6

Mullen is such a crybaby. Great offensive coordinator but no clue on defense. 3rd and Grantham lives on

Winston19
Winston19

This is funny as crap! The head coach says the crowd played a part in the loss. Omfg!! Does he also need a pacifier?

Mwebber
Mwebber

everyone saw the stadium was packed. no denying that.

billfenno
billfenno

Mullen using the crowd as an excuse is unacceptable! LOOK at your defense .. it's pitiful!!

EulonPatrick
EulonPatrick

Maybe Desantis will give permission to hire a DC that knows his ass from a middle school DC. That would be nice. He sux.

Pantera1972
Pantera1972

Love my gators. Time for a overhaul on defense. The offense is doing the part.

Tracyj89
Tracyj89

I agree with dan mullen 100 % !! That was the most bull crap game ive ever saw

Tracyj89
Tracyj89

Dan mullen is allowed to say what ever he wants hes the coach so if he sees it at that its all fine there aint nothing with speaking the truth

Nails_
Nails_

ESPN is full of shit. I was there. There were at least 50,000 in the stadium. The stands behind the Gator bench were packed

sanibelgator
sanibelgator

Sorry Dan. The defense sucks and Grantham should be fired. You all as coaches missed it too by not preparing your players to play with a crowd. You should have anticipated it as a just in case scenario - it is usually that way. This loss is on the coaches for sure.

Gatorguy20
Gatorguy20

You're really citing the New York Times??? Please! Nobody believes a word they say.. You just lost all credibility!


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