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Chomping at Bits: Scott Stricklin pens letter to Gator Nation

The state of the Gator Nation is good, actually.

University of Florida Introduces Dan Mullen Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images

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Scott Stricklin sends message to Gator Nation: Topics include: Sports! They’re happening; wanting fans to watch Florida teams; new concessions options in The Swamp; the install of a new Wi-Fi system in The Swamp; and “things are going as planned”-style “updates” re: Florida’s capital improvements. (Scott Stricklin, Florida Gators)

Dan Mullen surprises walk-ons with scholarships: I will not spoil the easy feel-good video with the cold water of context. I will not spoil the easy feel-good video with the cold water of context. (Will Pantages, Florida Gators)

Mullen’s weekly presser: Didn’t link this yesterday, largely because I didn’t find it all that informational — mostly, I think the interesting thing about this one is how Mullen commands the room by physically leaning into every question without ever being angry or agitated — so here. No, there’s still no starting QB...

Mullen to name starting QB before opener: ... but, hey, there’s a timetable? (Thomas Goldkamp, 247Sports)

Florida gymnast Trinity Thomas makes U.S. Senior National Team: This isn’t an Olympic year, so there’s only so much value in that — she’ll go to the Pan Am Games — but it’s cool and somewhat rare for an enrolled collegiate gymnast to still be competing at the Elite level, and fair to note that her eighth-place finish at the weekend’s U.S. Championships was better than that of a 2016 Olympic alternate. (Mary Howard, Florida Gators)

Florida standing by Randy Russell: I definitely suspect Russell will be a popular figure for features — and, perhaps, he and his family handy sources to have — in the coming years. That presser was heavy on questions for him. (Robbie Andreu, The Gainesville Sun)

Has Mullen opened up? This is the premise of part of this Pat Dooley notebook, which is interesting because of that premise. Also, the Blue October song mentioned is excellent. (Pat Dooley, The Gainesville Sun)