Dan Mullen Responds To Recent Off Field Issues

Mullen said he’d like to say he has a zero-tolerance policy on violence against women or sexual misconduct, but he’d be “hypocritical if you look at my history to say to that is a 100 percent deal.” Speaking to the Tampa Bay Gator Club Dan Mullen was optimistic about the direction of the program despite the the recent off the field issues.

“Obviously perception’s always important because there’s a lot of reality behind it,” Mullen said. “To me, I think there’s a lot of reality about the positive direction that we’re headed in the program as a whole despite the disappointment with some of the decisions that a couple of individuals have made.”

Mullen is letting the legal process play out before making any long-term decisions about any player

“My job’s not an investigator…” Mullen said. “That’s the best way to make a decision, once you have all the information. It’s not always great to have to wait to get all the information, but it’s the best way to make a decision.”

Mullen said he’d like to say he has a zero-tolerance policy on violence against women or sexual misconduct, but he’d be “hypocritical if you look at my history to say to that is a 100 percent deal.”

 

UF’s top 2019 recruit Chris Steele left for Oregon this week. The Gainesville Sun reported that his unhappiness was rooted in UF not allowing him to ditch Jones as his roommate because of concern about his conduct, even before the sexual battery complaints.

Mullen declined to specifically address that report, or to detail the private conversations he had with Steele’s family after flying to see them in California. But he said “a bunch of things” went into Steele’s choice.

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