New Florida football coach Dan Mullen is making it crystal clear early on that he has no tolerance for his players missing classes, and he’s got a unique strategy to deal with this issue.
On Tuesday, Mullen unveiled this strategy, which was to have his team running gassers — a plan they weren’t happy about.
Players ran gassers yesterday. Mullen says it was an issue about class, guys missing or being late to class.
"They weren't real happy about it."
— Nick de la Torre (@delatorre) March 21, 2018
That Mullen implemented the old run-them-into-the-ground strategy as punishment isn’t all that unique. But here’s where it gets interesting. He ran the gassers, too.
Dan Mullen: 'I'm part of the team, so I should run the gassers, too.' #Gators
— Matt Baker (@MBakerTBTimes) March 21, 2018
That’s going to make an impression on players, who have to respect that kind of accountability.
Mullen has his work cut out to turn Florida into a national powerhouse again after Will Muschamp and Jim McElwain failed to do so in recent years. Clearly, he’s focusing on instituting a strong disciplinary approach early in the hopes of having it pay off in the long run.