Brenda Tracy has become one of the leading advocates for ending violence against women on college campuses and the leniency some coaches have handed out when dealing with the issues in their programs.
In addition to speaking out against violence against women, Tracy tours college campuses to meet with young men at football programs all across the country to share her story and help programs understand the gravity of such heinous offenses. The University of Florida is among the schools Tracy has spoken at in the past.
Now with a fifth accusation of violence against a woman coming from Florida during Dan Mullen’s tenure, the latest against sophomore defensive back John Huggins, Tracy is worried by the coach’s recent comments regarding his handling of these instances.
“We do a lot, you know,” Mullen said during his most recent press conference. “I mean, how many of them are actually charged?”
In addition to the accusations against Huggins, quarterback Jalon Jones, defensive back Brian Edwards and assistant Otis Yelverton all faced accusations this offseason in Gainesville. With the exception of Huggins, all of them are no longer associated with the Florida program. Huggins has not appeared during training camp and no specific explanation for his absence has been offered up by Mullen.
“Obviously I’m a big anti-violence against women person,” Mullen continued. “I’m also a person that I really want to have all of the information as I make decisions and what happens in different situations and that’s one of the toughest deals.”
That's not enough for Brenda Tracy.
“Dan Mullen obviously does not get it,” Tracy recentlysaid to Tom D’Angelo of The Palm Beach Post. “He says he takes these issues seriously but he doesn’t. Mullen has done a poor job. This obviously is a leadership issue, possibly a recruiting issue. These are some pretty violent offenders.”
She continued her stance.
“His comments … there’s been no charges? That’s the level he needs to discipline his players or make it a meaningful discipline is a criminal charge or a conviction?” Tracy said. “That’s what the bar is on his team? That’s ridiculous.”