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Monday, September 16, 2019

Dan Mullen dismisses rivalry talk between Florida and UCF

Dan Mullen

Dan Mullen is dismissing any talk of a “rivalry” between Florida and UCF.

Mullen has been going around the state for his spring speaking tour. He spoke in Tampa on Wednesday and Orlando on Thursday. While in Orlando, he was asked about the “blossoming rivalry” between his Gators and UCF. Mullen dismissed the talk, saying they have to play first to become rivals.

Mullen said in December that they offered UCF a 2-for-1, which means a three-game series between them over three years, two in Gainesville and one where UCF hosts.

He’s right. UCF is a mid-major program, while Florida is a major one. Sometimes you have to take these sorts of deals if you’re UCF and want to face the big boys.

UCF may be 25-1 over the past two seasons, but the program is newer and lacks the clout, fan base and history of the Gators. That’s the reality. There is no rivalry until they start playing every season.

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