The University of Florida finally got rid of head football coach Jim McElwain in October. Enough was officially enough. Now, under the direction of new boss Dan Mullen, the Gators are ready to turn their program around.
First things first, they need to hit the weight room and get stronger. Because bigger, badder opponents pushing the Orange and Blue around became an unfortunate hallmark of the team under Coach Mac.
O.J. Small echoes one of Gator Nation's biggest complaints about Jim McElwain in this story. https://t.co/FpvEbOVMmZ— Gridiron Now (@GridironNow) July 12, 2018
O.J. Small, a former Florida wide receiver, acknowledged as much in a recent radio interview. "I understand that they brought in a new strength coach, which is good because we were too small last year," he told Jacksonville's WJXL. "We need to get that weight room right because that weight program is going to dictate a lot of what happens on the field."
Talk about a passive-aggressive dig against the previous regime.
The Gators certainly did not do any impressing last season under McElwain. Whether that was because they weren't physically capable or because they increasingly struggled to block out the distractions presented by their coach, things just took a turn last season in Gainesville.
Hey @CoachMcElwain it’s embarrassing to be a fan right now in case you were wondering— Luke (@Gater_Chomp) October 28, 2017
Dan Mullen already seems to be on the right track for success by already securing a new strength coach and scoring the 14th-ranked 2018 class according to 247Sports despite losing a number of previous McElwain commits to other schools.
The foundation right now is a positive one. But Mullen has a lot to prove before Gator Nation will start breathing easy again.