Aside from Alabama fans, the other SEC fanbase less thrilled with the Georgia Bulldog’s national championship victory has to be the Florida Gators.

The SEC East rival is coming off a rough season in which they finished 6-7, fired Dan Mullen, and lost in the Gasparilla Bowl to Central Florida. While the Gators have had some strong seasons recently, they’ve had to watch as Georgia has ascended to the top of college football, finally winning their first title since 1980.

So how does new Florida head coach Billy Napier feel about seeing the Gators’ hated rival hoist the national championship trophy? Well, he’s trying to keep his focus on the task at hand.

“We have our own grass to mow,” Napier said during a Friday press conference. “I’m more worried about what’s going on inside our house as opposed to what’s happening in our neighbor’s house.”

That’s what you’d hope to hear from your new head coach if you’re a Florida fan. Time to put your head down and get to work rather than focus on what Georgia is doing. And Napier said that the world is not yet done when it comes to hiring, looking at transfer players, and shoring up his new program.

“There’s work left to do here…I think if you get it right in the front end, there’s less issues going forward,” he said.

Napier’s straight-shooting style seems to have won him some style points amongst Florida folks.

Ultimately, of course, he’ll be judged on wins and losses. And whether he likes it or not, how his Florida teams fare against Georgia will be part of that equation as well.


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