Many of us consider the 1970's to be the lost decade of Florida Football. Ray Graves had success, although no titles, in the previous decade. But he broke the racial barrier, brought in skilled athletes, and won some big games, including a winning record against Georgia (6-3-1) which was a big deal back then. Doug Dickey came in in 1970 and set the standard for mediocrity. By 1974, it was clear to most season ticket holders he could not get the job done. But promises were made, great athletes were recruited, with the same mediocre results. By 1977 the program was in serious trouble. The facilities were wanting, ticket sales were lagging and no one was listening. I can tell you the most ardent of supporters for this program told me he had lost all feelings for The Gators. This man had actually written a book about Florida Football. It took FSU to hire a coach all but run out of West Virginia to change things and when Doug Dickey was fired, the was an air of desperation in the football program. The 70's were horrible for those of us who were there. I have done my best to forget it. I hope we never repeat it. I would like to hear from others who were around then.