If there’s one thing Florida fans can feel good about, it’s Mullen’s ability to maximize talent. His calling card at Mississippi State was doing more with less. In his first season in Starkville, he nearly beat LSU, won the Egg Bowl against a top-25 Ole Miss team and finished with a 5-7 record. The next season, he won nine games.
Spend any time around Mullen and you’ll be struck by his confidence. It no doubt fueled him at Mississippi State, where he had to make believers out of so many skeptics. And now that he’s back at a program with national championship aspirations, there’s an even more noticeable swagger in his step.
Now Swain looks around at the offense and sees weapons. After going back and watching film of Mullen’s old offenses under Meyer, he sees opportunity as well.
“We have a mastermind behind it all,” he said of Mullen. “We have a whole lot of athletes. Once he gets his hands on players like us, it’s go time; there’s no stopping us.”
That sense of urgency was apparent among several players this spring. Having former stars like Kevin Carter and Percy Harvin come speak to the team after practice has been a not-so-subtle reminder of not just what the Gators have been, but also what they should be today.
Lawson is a man with a lot to prove these days, and his NBA comeback is underway. Just weeks removed from spending this past season in the Chinese Basketball Association, Lawson is playing a key role in the Wizards’ first-round series against the Toronto Raptors, as Washington heads into a must-win Game 6 on Friday night.
Lawson wants to help the Wizards advance to the next round and, in the process, remind the NBA this is where he belongs and prove he can steer clear of any more alcohol-related trouble.
“I think it’s the comeback of Ty Lawson,” Lawson said last week as he talked about his career and his long road back to the NBA in a sit-down with ESPN.
Barely able to keep his eyelids open, Lawson felt like he was sleepwalking through his first practice with the Wizards two weeks ago, which was perfectly understandable considering just how far the point guard had come to return to the NBA.