As the 2022 College Football season is just a hop, skip, and a jump away it’s time for the annual team photos. The Florida Gators debuted their 2022 team photos on Tuesday and we’re in complete awe over the size of their staff.
There isn’t a ton of recent and reliable data on this, but a CBS article from 2017 had numbers from a survey on the average staff size of college football teams across each conference. At that time, the Big Ten led all conferences with an average staff size of 31.6 followed by the SEC with an average staff size of 31.5.
That survey did account for graduate assistants, for anyone wondering. That was my first thought too, even more so after seeing this picture below of the 2022 Florida Gators.
The 2022 Florida Gators Team Photo Is MASSIVE
The front row has 23 Florida Gators from left to right and there are people sitting on 12 rows. Those rows do get a little less wide up at the top but there’s still probably over 250 people here:
— Florida Gators Football (@GatorsFB) August 23, 2022
That’s legitimately more students than there was at my high school. Not just my graduating class, my entire high school. And 98.2% of companies in the USA have fewer than 100 employees. So the 2022 Florida Gators are like twice the size of most companies.
Everyone seemed to notice how big this Gators staff is
Here’s a look at the 2006 team (National Champions) versus this 2022 team, for comparison’s sake:
For reference, this is the team photo from 2006 pic.twitter.com/rIZaRRYWOi
— Justin Scaife (@JustinScaife) August 23, 2022
It certainly appears they do:
they got more staff then players
— 🪐perkachu🦦(hood ferb) (@GranddadGilf) August 23, 2022
Staff so deep
— 🖕🏾🖕🏾Amerikkka 🖕🏾🖕🏾 (@mosthated334) August 23, 2022
Someone had to say it:
That's a lot of support staff to just go 5-7
— Thorpe Langton (@minnydawg) August 23, 2022
What’s it going to take to get this nickname for Billy Napier to catch on?
Billy Nipples front and center
— Ed (@edhock64) August 23, 2022
Surely there are studies that show student-athletes benefit from having 24/7/365 handlers to keep them out of trouble, right??
Good god why they so many coaches
— Zach (@Z_R_J15) August 23, 2022
They’re selling Florida Gators tickets at Costco now?! What’s this have to do with staff size??
— Lane Buchanan (@LaneBuchan219) August 23, 2022
The current over/under projected wins total for the Florida Gators is 6.5. They went 6-7 in 2022 despite starting the preseason ranked 13th and moving up to 10th ranked overall.
If you are curious about how staff sizes work in college football, you can read more about that here on SI. The previous rules stipulated teams could have 1 head coach and 10 assistants. I’m not certain if that’s still the case or if those rules have since changed.
And check out their new training facility here:
Florida's new football training facility is absolutely incredible. https://t.co/aOsdESuUIK
— BroBible (@BroBible) August 16, 2022
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