Florida HC Dan Mullen says return of college football would help 'American psyche'
Dan Mullen is just like the rest of us. The Florida head coach wants to see football return this fall, though he acknowledges that it may have to come with some tweaks.
In an interview with SEC Network’s Laura Rutledge, Mullen discussed the possibility of having football in the fall. The key word he kept using was “flexibility,” saying that the schedule might look a little different when the 2020 season rolls around than what had been previously planned.
“I think we just have to be ready to be flexible,” Mullen said. “We have a schedule that’s been set right now, and our schedules get set so far in advance for reasons, but I think what everyone has to do is be ready to be flexible coming into this season. If we’re ready to play football in Florida or in a couple of states, maybe we look at resetting the schedule and playing the teams that we’re able to play and get back out there and playing football.”
As the country goes on two months without having any live sports, Mullen also suggested that having college football back in the fall — at least in some capacity — would be a good thing during such a difficult time.
“I think, for the American psyche, games being played would be a good thing,” Mullen said. “I think you’re starting to see other sports coming back. I’ve seen NASCAR looking like it’s coming back. The PGA Tour, it looks like they’re coming back. I think it would be great for the American psyche to have football. It would be great for our people.”
Mullen also weighed in on another major topic of debate — which is whether or not college football should return with a unified start date or if each conference and/or school should make those decisions. The Florida head coach said it would be silly to wait until everyone has the green light.
“I think what we have to do is we can’t get caught in the ‘until every school in the country is ready to get back and play football, no schools can start,’” Mullen said. “I think that it is a very naive way of thinking. I don’t think it’s a very healthy way of thinking. I don’t think it’s good for the sport, the game of football, or the individuals who are playing.”
A lot of people will be agreeing with Mullen’s comments on all fronts. Some college football would be better than no college football.