Dan Mullen really did troll Ole Miss with spring game attendance

So if the Florida Gatorsí spring game attendance is 41,014, now you know why.
Florida Gators head coach Dan Mullen arrives for Gator Walk before the game against the Kentucky Wildcats on September 8, 2018. (MONICA HERNDON | Times)
Florida Gators head coach Dan Mullen arrives for Gator Walk before the game against the Kentucky Wildcats on September 8, 2018. (MONICA HERNDON | Times)
Published April 10

Florida Gators coach Dan Mullen had some fun during his Monday news conference with spring game attendance, when (with some help from a reporter) he brought up the idea of making UF’s attendance reflect a score from the season.

Like, I don’t know, the Gators’ 41-14 win over rival Florida State.

“I know this; I have fudged it before…” Mullen said. “Maybe the attendance matches the score of a certain game or something like that in the season. We’ve done that type of stuff before.”

Oh really? I had to put on my PolitiFact hat to check.

Ruling: True.

In Mullen’s Egg Bowl debut in 2009, his Mississippi State team topped rival Ole Miss 41-27. The announced attendance for the Bulldogs’ exhibition the next spring: 34,127. That was also the largest crowd in Mississippi history, the Bulldogs’ website notes, just to rub it in.

State beat Ole Miss 17-10 in overtime in 2013. The announced attendance for the next spring game: 21,710.

41,014 might be too obvious, and maybe even too low. What about…47,021?

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