Nov 13, 2021; Gainesville, Florida, USA; Florida Gators head coach Dan Mullen reacts against the Samford Bulldogs during the first quarter at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

When the Florida Gators scheduled the Samford Bulldogs, they were expecting to put up a lot of points. However, they certainly were not expecting their opponent to do the same.

Samford lit up the Gators’ defense in the first half on Saturday, scoring 42 points and taking a seven-point lead into halftime. It was the most points Florida had ever allowed in one half of football and they’d done it at home to a school from the Southern Conference. And not even a particularly good one, either.

Florida got their act together just enough in the second half to pull ahead and eventually win the game, 70-52. However, that was almost entirely beside the point. How did the team that almost defeated Alabama earlier this season just get pushed around at home by a 4-5 team from the Southern Conference? The blame has been focused pretty directly on head coach Dan Mullen and for good reason. Mullen’s hot seat is an absolute scorcher now and the fact that it became so following a victory is almost impressive.

After the game, Mullen seemed to be treating the victory just like any other at The Swamp. And when he was asked if he was disappointed, he seemed offended by the question.

“Calling a win disappointing is disrespectful to the game and our players,” Mullen said.

“It’s a great win for us.”

That’s not necessarily an assessment that a lot of people around college football, especially those in Gainesville, are agreeing with right now.

It doesn’t seem very likely that Mullen will be the head coach at Florida after this season. But if he can keep the Gators winning, no matter what it looks like, that might be enough for him, even if it’s not enough for Florida fans.

About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to