Fancy title to basically discuss why transfers are: A. Not a bad thing at all for Florida B. Not an indictment of Dan Mullen C. Necessary for the program The premise of explaining all of the above is that, finally, more elite recruits can trust the University of Florida again, after three years of incompetence and unprofessional, negligent recruiting by Butters, which has left the depth of this program starved for talent. As players sort out their situations at other schools, they can finally come to Gainesville, knowing that solid coaching, improvement and preparation for the professional ranks exists. Additionally, the momentum around the core enthusiasm from the players is drawing attention. Some of these players may have ruled out UF previously, during their initial recruiting, because of the dysfunction here. Also, because of the poor structuring of what talent Butters did bring in, there is massive opportunity here to play quickly. Butter's may have swung some recruiting rankings, but the key areas of the trenches were ignored completely. 2020 is going to be a hard year, as it is for any coach that takes over in a situation like Mullen's, where he has to recover from a lack of higher talent upperclassmen. To be able to bring in some players that can help fill these gaps will ease the pain somewhat. While I believe that the school has put a significant hindrance in front of themselves in terms of poor coaching hires, poor football, arrogance around facilities, and poor relationships in the state - I also see this staff beginning to mend some of those injuries, but need to emphasize the on the field excitement while a couple of those items take (even more) time to catch up. Transfers like Cox and, hopefully, Joseph, will keep some of that momentum going. Transfers are a short term fix - the long term strategy for Mullen has to be: 1. Taking back the top talent in the state 2. Balanced roster structure 3. Excellence in development 4. Winning, obviously But, until they get all the repairs done to what the previous tenant left behind, a short term fix, especially if not sacrificing relationships and culture, is a suitable, and necessary, means to rebuild the program.