When an athlete transfers away from a college program, it can be for any number of reasons, both logical and otherwise. From issues with other players or feeling like the program wasn't what they expected, it's not uncommon to desire a different type of fit. And for now-former Florida Gators running back Adarius Lemons, it was simple: head coach Dan Mullen.
After the Gators lost to Kentucky for the first time since 1986 on Saturday night, Lemons announced his decision to transfer from the program... only 34 minutes after the game ended.
Former Florida RB Adarius Lemons not a fan of Dan Mullen. Says he didn’t leave the program because of Kenucky loss but noted: "It wasn't really because of the game…It was the cherry on top, you could say." https://t.co/1C0lYwBT6D— SEC Mike (@MichaelWBratton) September 12, 2018
Lemons claims that his decision to leave the program was in the works long before the Gators' demoralizing 27-16 loss.
During the offseason, Lemons had issues with marijuana and earned a suspension for the home opener against Charleston Southern. To prove his worth, Lemons stayed an extra week at
I just wanna use my talent god has blessed me with and actually help a team in need of a RB that’s all 路♂️ — Adarius Zabri Lemons 32 (@adariuslemons) September 9, 2018
Mullens had nothing but support for Lemons, even with Lemons' intention to land with a team within the SEC. But no matter what happens, Gator fans won't soon for get the abruptness of his departure.