SEC coach says he is 'Nervous' about transfer portal's impact on college football
Florida coach Dan Mullen isn’t hiding his concerns about the transfer portal.
With a record number of players transferring this offseason in football and men’s basketball, there’s been more of a discussion of the portal’s impact on the sport.
Mullen went on ESPN radio on Friday with Mike Greenberg and shared his fears.
“The transfer portal is set up for the people that it really benefits,” Mullen said Friday. “A guy that’s been in the program for a couple years. ‘Hey I’m going into my senior year my last year. I’m going to be a backup. I’d love the opportunity to go somewhere and start. Go somewhere and play.’ That’s what it’s designed for.
“I think it’s going to turn into this kind of, ‘Hey, I’m a redshirt freshman. I’m not playing. I don’t want to keep working and wait another year or two, you know, like I don’t want the Kyle Trask story where I’m going to be a huge success. I just need to move and try something else.’
Trask just wrapped up a successful career at Florida, but he didn’t see significant playing time until his junior season. As a senior in 2020, Trask threw for 4,283 yards and 43 touchdowns. He’s expected to be picked on Day 2 or Day 3 of the NFL draft.
Mullen also gave a prediction about the future of the sport.
“And I’m nervous about that of the development of college players, and I say this to everybody,” Mullen said. “This would be a really interesting thing. I can tell you this, I think three to four to five years from now, college football will be very, very different than it is today. I don’t know if it’ll be better or it’ll be worse. And I don’t know how it’s going to be different, but I would feel extremely confident saying it will be very different than it is today. And it’s going to be a wild ride over the next couple of years as we all try to figure this out.”