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Things got chippy during the Florida-Missouri game on Saturday. But of course, you probably know that already. A late hit that went uncalled on Gators quarterback Kyle Trask caused tensions to escalate before halftime.
Even the head coaches, Dan Mullen and Eli Drinkwitz, exchanged words at midfield while a few players were doing enough to get ejected. It was a mess, and it ended with Mullen riling up Florida’s fan base a couple times.
From there, things only got weirder.
The game finished in a normal fashion with the Gators getting a big 41-17 win over the Tigers. All seemed right in the world until the postgame press conference.
Mullen knew he was going to get asked questions about the brawl. He knew there was some explaining and coach speak that had to be done. But that didn’t stop him from enjoying the spirit of Halloween. He showed up wearing a Darth Vader costume, including the lightsaber, anyways.
He then proceeded to explain the entire brawl situation in full attire. I guess he gets points for wearing a mask though, right? Check some of these clips from Twitter from the press conference.
Warning: they are amazing.
Dan Mullen showed up to the postgame press conference dressed as Darth Vader 😂 pic.twitter.com/ZCs567IOjJ
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) November 1, 2020
I woke up this morning thinking it was all a dream.
Dan Mullen in full costume, explaining the halftime brawl. Thank you GatorVision for the video. pic.twitter.com/GkO5IPFLjI
— Jim Dunaway (@jimdunaway) November 1, 2020
I know it is Halloween. But 2020 is getting really weird yall. pic.twitter.com/MiC8jea4vQ
— Daren Stoltzfus (@DarenStoltzfus) November 1, 2020
Unsurprisingly, Dan Mullen gets the quote wrong by saying “Luke, I am your father” instead of “No, I am your father.”
Regardless, the only one who should be saying “No, I am your father” is Kirby to Dan. pic.twitter.com/JBIZ4p8Ut1
— Chris Allen (@chrisjohnallen_) November 1, 2020
The commitment to the character is absolutely amazing. And after the way Mullen ran to midfield following the incident, some might consider him a villain, so it fits.
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