Florida interim coach Randy Shannon told his players that "Swag" is winning and the Gators have no "Swag."
Saturday provided plenty of evidence of this with Florida dropping its 5th game in a row, this time, against Will Muschamp and the South Carolina Gamecocks.
Florida will miss out on a bowl game this season and the South Carolina game is just another reminder that this Florida football program is nowhere near where it was in its glory days.
Simply put, the Gators are so far from these standards and they've forgotten the feeling that comes from winning at that level. Back in the day, teams feared Florida and when the Gators walked onto the field, they were thinking about wiping the floor with whoever the opponent was.
Unfortunately, Florida no longer has that "swag" like winning like culture from those glory days. Since 2010, the Gators have gone 51-35 overall and 33-23 in SEC play.
The 2017 season has been one long nightmare for Gator fans and Gator Nation just wants to wake up. I thought nightmare on elm street was scary, this 2017 nightmare is on a whole another level.
There are all the notable distractions that have impacted the team in 2017 — the suspensions, the hurricane, the injuries, the removing of their coach in the middle of the season.
Florida's offense is nonexistent and the Gators backbone of the team has been the defense, that same Florida defense is starting to crumble with all the injuries and lack of experience.
Florida got dominated by the Georgia Bulldogs by a score of 42-7 and former Florida head coach Jim McElwain was fired the following day. Two weeks later, Florida lost a game to the coach they fired three years ago in (Will Muschamp) to make matters worse and Florida will miss out on a bowl game this season.
Looking back at 2015 and 2016, both years Florida played in the SEC Championship, the Gators celebrated for winning the East and having a trip to the conference title game.
Playing at the University of Florida is about winning national championships, winning the SEC. Forget winning division titles and celebrating them, that is not Florida and never will be.
Tim Tebow will tell you the same thing.
"You're not at Florida to compete," Tim Tebow said. "You're at Florida to win."
More than anything, Florida's next hire has to instill that "swag" again and reset the expectations and the standards of the program.
Now, it’s on whoever takes over the program next season to make sure the Gators can get that “swag” back — and get it back quickly - No time to waste.
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