How Weird Will It Get For the Florida Gators? (And If It Does, No Asterisk!)

Buddy’s Blog: 2020 is not your everyday, average, garden variety, run-of-the mill, grandfather’s football season.


The way things are going in 2020, I expect Weird Al Yankovic to be coach of the year, South Alabama to win the national championship over the Florida Gators because Dan Mullen has only 15 players still standing and the title game to be played on the deck of a newly named aircraft carrier in Mayport. And if South Alabama wins, I hope the Jaguars don't have to put an asterisk on their championship. It's just weird, man.

Remember, this is a shortened 2020 season that we don’t even know yet will be completed, played only among the SEC family, excluding 75 per cent of the fans, with pumped in fan noise, no tailgating – but maybe cheerleaders and a band – but not mascots like UGA (the bulldog).

Some are even contending that no national championship should even be awarded. Wrong! We all get it — the coaches and players of the Big Ten and Pac 12 are getting screwed out of playing the game they love so passionately, through no fault of their own.

Sorry about your bad luck Buckeyes and Wolverines and Trojans and Ducks, but no need to deprive those who DO play. Not only should there certainly be a season played and a national championship awarded without an asterisk. There should be 20 of these !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The SEC shouldn’t gloat, but if Commissioner Greg Sankey pulls off a successful 2020 without a major health care travesty, I’m recommending we place his name in nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize.


The SEC shouldn’t gloat, but if SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey pulls off a successful 2020 without a major health care travesty, I’m also recommending we place his name in nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize. And college football will suddenly have a candidate to become their first czar to overlord the NCAA, Power Five and the CFB Playoff Committee, which would have problems making a decision to yell “Fire!” if their homes were enveloped in flames.

No matter, if it lasts only a few weeks, Sankey will be known as the guy who saved the SEC and college football – and maybe they’ll name that new aircraft carrier The Unsinkable USS Greg Sankey.

For the Florida Gators and Dan Mullen, this is no small accomplishment. With every Zoom press conference – and the media has recently been besieged with a whole spate of them, thankfully – I am hearing more and more reason to be optimistic that Mullen’s team is ready for whatever comes, in addition to being talented, committed, focused and in good health physically and mentally. Dan has a Plan.

Meanwhile, some arrogant, elitist, condescending hierarchy in certain conferences are looking down their noses with haughty disdain at the SEC like it a leave of buffoons and yahoos who are willing to sacrifice young men on the altar of college football.

The Big Ten is scrambling, full of acrimony and on the verge of insurrection among parents, players and fans who wonder why their people didn’t get the same memo that Sankey got about showing restraint before pulling they plug. So how is the working so far? And now they’re trying to figure out how all the king’s horses and all the king’s men can find some way to put a Humpty Dumpty season together again.


Ryan Day of Ohio State has expressed his disappointment in the Big Ten's lack of leaderhip.



And the latest to rip his confernece was James Franklin of Penn State, who went on TV Thursday and said:


“We just haven’t gotten great communication from the beginning. We’ve never really been told or understood why the season was shut down in the first place, and there hasn’t been a whole lot of communication since. When I say communication, we’ve had meetings, but I’m talking about really understanding ‘why’ and ‘what’ and ‘how we got here.’”

These days you’ve got some of those same people, washed up on the beach, casting aspersions of those who DID get the memo from their leaders, accusing them as uninformed and reckiless. Meanwhile, the SEC is poised to brandish the most powerful display of football supremacy in the history of the game. After which, how will the fans ever let the game go back to creampuffs after a season of filet mignon?

We asked Dan Mullen’s newest staff member, tight end coach Tim Brewster, whether there should be a trophy and a title at the end of this season.

“People are saying a 10-game season is not a true test of football relative to a national championship. What would you say to that?”

“Well, it depends on the company I was in,” said Brewster. “I would say this: We play in the toughest football conference in America, bar none. There’s no question about that. I think everybody would agree to that. We’re going to play a 10-game SEC schedule. We’re going to play an extremely challenging and extremely tough schedule. We’re going to come out of that and hopefully represent the SEC East in the SEC Championship Game. I think of these young guys to take this thing to the house and win ‘em all, they no question should be the national champions and be damn proud about it.”

Some people want an asterisk after it, some want 20 exclamation points, saying it’s even harder to win it all:

“Now, I agree with that,” Brewster fired back. “A 10-game SEC schedule! We’ve got no preseason games. I mean, we jump out there on Sept. 26 against Ole Miss and … it’s going to be like the National Football League, where each week you’re running the gauntlet. OK? You’re playing a well-coached, tough, great roster on every football team in this conference. So, yeah. I would not agree at all with somebody who tried to dismiss the fact that it maybe is somewhat of a shortened season.”

Buttoned up programs with buttoned up coaches like Nick Saban, Dan Mullen, Kirby Smart and maybe Jimbo Fisher and Gus Malzahn will be the ones to watch. Along, of course, those who have extraordinary medical staffs and facilities best able to cope with the vagaries of Mother Nature.

Buttoned up programs with buttoned up coaches like Nick Saban, Dan Mullen, Kirby Smart and maybe Jimbo Fisher and Gus Malzahn will be the ones to watch. Along, of course, those who have extraordinary medical staffs and facilities best able to cope with the vagaries of Mother Nature.


On the latter, Florida gets an A-plus to date. Only one positive Covid-19 player in the past two months -- player and condition unknown. What it portends is anybody’s guess, but Mullen’s report certainly looks favorable among those others who have upwards of 30-40 players missing for some practices.

It’s the wrong time and bad optics to be beating your chest, or even your drums just yet. Most coaches, players and fans are just grateful that football is underway and it looks like even money that we’ll reach the opening weekend when the Gators travel to the quaint village of Oxford, Miss.

Grateful for the season, even if Weird Al Jankovic is Coach of the Year.



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