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Dan Mullen: Bucs’ Bruce Arians ‘did an amazing job’

The Gators’ coach praised Tampa Bay’s Super Bowl winner on Tuesday.
Gators coach Dan Mullen praised the Bucs' Bruce Arians for the job he did coaching Tampa Bay to a Super Bowl 55 triumph.
Gators coach Dan Mullen praised the Bucs' Bruce Arians for the job he did coaching Tampa Bay to a Super Bowl 55 triumph. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]
Published Feb. 16

Gators coach Dan Mullen was asked about new Jaguars coach Urban Meyer on Tuesday during a wide-ranging news conference to preview the start of spring football practice. Florida’s fourth-year head coach took the opportunity to spin it to one of the Gators’ other local NFL teams: the Bucs.

“You know Bruce Arians did an amazing job with those guys coming together, and it was great to see the Bucs win the Super Bowl,” Mullen said. “That was pretty awesome.”

Mullen did not have any of his former players on the Bucs team that beat Kansas City to win Super Bowl 55 at Raymond James Stadium, but he did coach four of the Chiefs: Pro Bowl defensive tackle Chris Jones, offensive lineman Martinas Rankin, punter Johnny Townsend and injured linebacker Willie Gay.

Related: Super Bowl 55: What the Chiefs tell us about Dan Mullen’s Gators

Mullen’s Gators have been present in the Tampa Bay area on the recruiting trail. The 2021 class included defensive tackle Desmond Watson (Armwood High), defensive back Jordan Young (Gaither High) and tight end Gage Wilcox (Jefferson High).

For the record, here’s what Mullen said about the NFL future of Meyer, his former boss at Bowling Green, Utah and UF:

“I do think Urban’s a guy that’s a great head coach, great leader, great motivator of players obviously, and his staff and people that work for him does a great job of developing them. He always surrounds himself with great people. He sets a very high standard and sets the bar extremely high within the organization and has been successful everywhere he’s been. So you’d think he’d be successful with the Jags and them being one of our local teams.”