Great points.It'll be interesting to see what the full recruiting outcomes will be. Many kids liked Mac/Shannon and will be gone. We have to live with that. That's 2+ years of relationship building that even the best recruiters can't always make up. But I'm confident that Mullen and his staff will do their best to salvage something positive. I think Mullen's attitude, should it remain positive and upbeat, will buy him at least 1 more year of goodwill from the fanbase and administration. It's going to take a little time to be a beast again.
Big thing is that Gatornation remains patient and let Mullen build. It's not going to happen over night. Firing 2 coaches in 3 years does not help with the building bridges in recruiting either.