Are the Gators rolling the dice with Muschamp?

Even when the regular season is over, it ain’t over. So what did we learn, and what do we still want to know?:

1. Are the Gators rolling the dice with Muschamp? Urban Meyer announced his “retirement” last Wednesday after six years as the head coach at Florida. In the next 48 hours everybody from Bob Stoops, to Jon Gruden (there is that name again), to Chris Peterson, to Dan Mullen to Chip Kelly was considered to be the  front runner for one of the top five jobs in college football. Then suddenly, at 8:28 p.m. on Saturday (note the time) Florida announces that it had hired Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp as its next head coach. The press conference will be Tuesday. Some consider it a risk by athletics director Jeremy Foley, who got burned the last time he hired an assistant (Ron Zook). But those who know Muschamp know that he’s been groomed for this since he was a player at Georgia for Ray Goff. Muschamp has worked at LSU (for Nick Saban), at Auburn (for Tommy Tuberville), and Texas (for Mack Brown). He is ready.

2. Florida will win the SEC East in 2011: How ready is Muschamp? Well, here’s the first prediction for the 2011 season: Florida will win the SEC East championship. The problem at Florida last season was not talent. It was a lack of focus and a lack of leadership. The team was not focused because too many leaders had left and there was never a coherent offensive strategy. Muschamp can fix the leadership issue and if he hires a top-flight offensive coordinator the other problem can be fixed as well. Media reports say Muschamp is looking at Major Applewhite, an offensive assistant at Texas. My choice would be Dana Holgerson of Oklahoma State (who is in the running for the head coaching  job at Pitt.)

3. I’m disappointed in the timing of Florida’s announcement: This is strictly an opinion, but I wish Florida had waited until after the Heisman Trophy presentation to announce its new coach. The official press release came just minutes before Auburn’s Cameron Newton was handed the hardware in New York. The announcement opens Florida up to charges that it was trying to step on the moment of a player from another SEC school. And with Newton’s background at Florida, which includes concerns that academic information about his time at the school was leaked to the media, it is something that simply should have been avoided. I was informed this morning by Florida officials that they had every intention of waiting until after the Heisman Trophy presentation but that once the news leaked out through the social media the school felt it had no choice but to release the information.

4. What does the hiring of Al Golden tell us about the Miami job? First of all, I think Golden is a great hire. Remember that it wasn’t long ago that Temple considered dropping football. The school basically got booted out of the Big East. Golden took over and he took the Owls to a bowl in 2009 and this season went 8-4 (which included a win over Fiesta Bowl bound UConn). But it also tells you that Miami’s job is not one where the school can go out and command the services of a Tier One proven head coach. Jon Gruden wasn’t coming. Neither was a successful head coach at the BCS level. Miami is a tough job because if you don’t win and win big, the people just don’t come. Again, I think Golden is a super coach. He has been named as a possible replacement for Joe Paterno at Penn State. He will win at Miami. I just think Mike Leach would have been a more inspired hire.

5. If he goes to Vandy, how will Gus Malzahn handle the BCS championship? It looks like Vanderbilt is Gus Malzhan’s job to turn down. So what does the Auburn offensive coordinator do if he accepts, which could happen as early as today (Monday)? I certainly believe he would coach Cameron Newton one last time in the BCS championship game with Oregon on Jan. 10. But I’ve seen other coordinators try to get ready for a BCS title game while attempting to build a staff and organize a program at another place. Mark Richt did it at Florida State after he took the Georgia job in 2000. Richt admits now that it was very difficult. The only person I have seen pull it off really well was Bo Pelini, who was the LSU defensive coordinator for the 2007 BCS championship game while organizing his new program at Nebraska.

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697 comments Add your comment

gdawginkalamazoo

December 13th, 2010
1:23 pm

King Gator, I already bought that jersey off of eBay. “Buy it Now” $2,000 plus shipping and handling. I’ll get him to sign it once he is a Detroit Lion.

Really, on the timing of the announcement being scrolled, ESPN had some say in that didn’t they?
If you are watching the Heisman award ceremony watch the damn ceremony why worry about who Florida has hired as a coach. People can wait the 3 hours can’t they?.

Atlanta Gator

December 13th, 2010
1:23 pm

You know, it’s tough to take anyone seriously who calls himself a “Spineless Weenie.” Definitely funny, though.

King Gator

December 13th, 2010
1:24 pm

Urban Meyer Is A Spineless Weenie = biggest moron on the blog today! just saying..

Atlanta Gator

December 13th, 2010
1:25 pm

gdawg~zoo—-What the heck are you talking about? Everyone knew who was going to win the Heisman. No one knew who was going to be the next Gators head coach. This just in —- BREAKING NEWS from your sports network of record!

ga gator

December 13th, 2010
1:26 pm

Urban Meyer Is A Spineless Weenie ??

So what about anything that Florida MIGHT have released about Cam is not true? He stole a laptop and cheated on exams and was basically not going to play in Gainesville. Quit complaining about the truth. You wanted Cam, you got him, you got one year in the spotlight now go back to being irrelevant in the SEC West.

Ponyexce$$

December 13th, 2010
1:26 pm

I thought it was funny what those guys at SMU said during their troubled times. DENY,DENY,DENY.If anyone asks,DENY it.And,One of their boosters saying,If they are going to cheat,Then I will show them how to cheat.

King Gator

December 13th, 2010
1:26 pm

AJ Green in Detroit, that makes sense.. they love to draft WR’s and him with Stafford and C Johnson would be pretty tough. I hope he ends up in St. Louis.. They need him and Bradford has looked pretty good this year all things considered. Green’s going to be a star in the NFL. Go Gators!

Urban Meyer Is A Spineless Weenie

December 13th, 2010
1:27 pm

You work for the NCAA now? If I’m not mistaken they have only determined that “money was discussed”.They also said the “solicitation” was unsuccessful and that no money changed hands. They have pored over all the Newton’s financial statements over and over again. Rogers is the criminal here, Bishop Newton is just his pawn. That doesn’t excuse what Cecil did, it was morally reprehensible, but not neccessarily against the law. Especially if the plan was never enacted.

Atlanta Gator

December 13th, 2010
1:27 pm

Beast—-I understand aluminum is much better at warding off the CIA’s satellite dust.

Mongo

December 13th, 2010
1:29 pm

Mongo is just pawn in game of life.

Rev. Newton

December 13th, 2010
1:30 pm

Don’t look at me. I’m with Mongo.

Beast from the East

December 13th, 2010
1:31 pm

AG,
Nice to know. Look out for the black helicopters!

Urban Meyer Is A Spineless Weenie

December 13th, 2010
1:33 pm

If we wanted to play moral police half of the SEC would be locked up, including most of UGA’s roster and half of Florida’s. I just laugh when folks say the NCAA let AU “off easy”. They have NEVER been lenient towards Auburn whatsoever. They love to use their hammer and if they find dirt they almost ALWAYS come down HARD!! The fact is there’s nothing there and weenie-head tried to beat a dead horse. Then he got caught and “resigned” before the sht hit the fan….

Pitbull

December 13th, 2010
1:34 pm

I also breathed a sigh of relief when they didn’t get Mullen.

Will is about to learn about the stress of being the head guy and it is 50-50 if he will hold or fold.

I was also wondering if UF is facing an NCAA investigation with Meyer dropping out so suddenly (again).

Mongo

December 13th, 2010
1:34 pm

Mongo like the nice Beast man. Mongo like beans, too.

Urban Meyer Is A Spineless Weenie

December 13th, 2010
1:35 pm

King Gator= Biggest Gator fan in denial on the blog today!
Just sayin (Wasn’t that so cute?)

King Gator

December 13th, 2010
1:35 pm

Weenie- the NCAA has come down harder on AU than Terry Bowden did on his secretary/mistress back in the day. War Cheating! Go Gators!

Mongo

December 13th, 2010
1:35 pm

Mongo not like smarty Spineless Weenie. Spineless Weenie smell like beans.

KR

December 13th, 2010
1:36 pm

BAMA dude: Mike Shula to UAT comes to mind.

MURPHY

December 13th, 2010
1:36 pm

OK I see Im way behind since my last post.

All non Dawg fan’s-I want to be on record as a non-dellusional Dawg fan.I DO NOT see us being SEC Champs next year! No way! No how! I see UT or Carolina taking the crown for the next 2 years.

I want to go on blog record as having no issue with the timing of the Muschamp announcement.I find it hillarious that they released it right before the Heisman announcement.Only in the SEC!

CalvinB

December 13th, 2010
1:36 pm

UF plays at USC next year. Spurrier and USC win the East, again. UF (nor UGA nor UT) cant tackle Lattimore.

MURPHY

December 13th, 2010
1:37 pm

BAMA dude,

I see the kids out on break are on the blog early today.No more constructive blogging!

Atlanta Gator

December 13th, 2010
1:38 pm

One that note, it is time for me to depart. Have fun with the anonymous rumors, y’all.

I, for one, am sticking with Foley on the Muschamp hire. I think it’s solid. Enough said.

King Gator

December 13th, 2010
1:38 pm

Denail of what? Enjoy your good fortune of having Cam Newton this year and pipedown. He’s not coming back.. NFL signing bonus will be more than AU’s “retention bonus” .. but, he was worth every penny and then some. Go Gators!

BAMA dude

December 13th, 2010
1:39 pm

Urban Meyer Is A Spineless Weenie
December 13th, 2010
1:27 pm

You work for the NCAA now?

I do. We currently have an opening for an Accusation Squashing Specialist (A.S.S.) in SE Alabama. If interested, you must immediately pack and drive to Lee County. This is an important position that will be paid well in cash and cattle. Only stipulation is that you must never, ever grace the Barnhart blog again.

MURPHY

December 13th, 2010
1:39 pm

Atl Gator,

Good luck with Muschamp.

Mongo

December 13th, 2010
1:41 pm

Mongo like BAMA dude. BAMA dude make Mongo laugh.

BAMA dude

December 13th, 2010
1:41 pm

KR
December 13th, 2010
1:36 pm

BAMA dude: Mike Shula to UAT comes to mind.

Yeah, yeah. Hires while under scholarship restrictions and bowl bans don’t count.

MURPHY

December 13th, 2010
1:43 pm

BAMA dude,

Appears your favorite blogger has come today to irrate you!

Mongo

December 13th, 2010
1:43 pm

Mongo not so sure about MURPHY. MURPHY make fun of Mongo in grade school. Now Mongo want to hit MURPHY.

BAMA dude

December 13th, 2010
1:44 pm

Could be Murph. Who knows?

Notthisyear

December 13th, 2010
1:44 pm

If I’m not mistaken,The good Bishop said,It will not be free THIS TIME.So why would people say the dirt points back to Gainesville,FL? That is ridicules.And if AU has nothing to hide why are their fans just all over themselves in defensive mode?? Cause its a Miss St problem,right? RIGHT? I CAM hear you.

MURPHY

December 13th, 2010
1:45 pm

Mongo,

DONT ADDRESS ME.I HAVE NO USE FOR YOUR IDIOTIC REMARKS. DO IRRITATE ANOTHER BLOGGER!

Bama Dude Is A Weenie

December 13th, 2010
1:46 pm

If I were king of the NCAA, I would not only saturate Alabama with investigators, I would set up a branch office in Tuscaloosa.
In Alabama, cheating is as much a part of the football lore as the houndstooth hat worn by Bear Bryant and that purty dress worn by Mike DuBose’s secretary.

Alabama has seen it all over the last 20 years. Shady loans. Athletes illicitly accepting cash payments from agents and boosters. Multiple probations. Postseason bans. Scholarship reductions. Lack of institutional control. You name it, the Crimson Tide has done it.

Welcome to Alabama, where the NCAA probations are nearly as prevalent as national championships. Actually, in the last decade, Alabama has recorded more NCAA probations (three) than it has national titles (one).

Bama Dude Is A Weenie Head

December 13th, 2010
1:46 pm

Roll Tide?

Alabama’s rallying cry should be, “We Lied!”

And maybe, too, Alabama should get rid of its elephant mascot and replace it with a pig.

What better animal to symbolize the dirtiest, stinkiest program in recent NCAA history.

MURPHY

December 13th, 2010
1:46 pm

BAMA dude,

Yep the kids are playing with moms computer again.

BAMA dude

December 13th, 2010
1:46 pm

Notthisyear
December 13th, 2010
1:44 pm

If I’m not mistaken,The good Bishop said,It will not be free THIS TIME.So why would people say the dirt points back to Gainesville,FL? That is ridicules

Who is “That” and who does he or she ridicule? That doesn’t sound like a nice person to me.

anonymous

December 13th, 2010
1:47 pm

Forrest Gump, Alabama ‘67
Mongo, Auburn ‘69

Bama Dude Is A Weenie Head

December 13th, 2010
1:47 pm

Alabama has seen it all over the last 20 years. Shady loans. Athletes illicitly accepting cash payments from agents and boosters. Multiple probations. Postseason bans. Scholarship reductions. Lack of institutional control. You name it, the Crimson Tide has done it.

BAMA dude

December 13th, 2010
1:48 pm

Murphy, what kills me is that it keeps quoting Mike Bianchi… who was one of the six outspoken writers who left Cammy off their ballots.

King Gator

December 13th, 2010
1:48 pm

Weenie lives in a glass house!

Bama Dude Is A Weenie Head

December 13th, 2010
1:49 pm

It should also be noted that the iconic Bear Bryant may not have ever been caught cheating himself, but he tutored some of college football’s biggest outlaws.. Charley Pell, Danny Ford and Jackie Sherrill all were Bear disciples who went on to provide some of the most unique interpretations of the NCAA rulebook in the history of college football.

Langley

December 13th, 2010
1:50 pm

Folks, just be patient. We had to keep the money in the SEC until after the Bowl season. After that, well frankly, it does not look good for AU.

KR

December 13th, 2010
1:50 pm

BAMA dude wrote:

Yeah, yeah. Hires while under scholarship restrictions and bowl bans don’t count.

I must have missed that stipulation in the initial question. To be honest, I thought you’d come back with “Doug Barfield” as your reply. But that was a LONG time ago…

MURPHY

December 13th, 2010
1:51 pm

BAMA dude,

IT is right. That should tell you all you need to know! Quotes Mike Bianchi-this sportswrite is one of the worst in the country!

MURPHY

December 13th, 2010
1:54 pm

BAMA dude,

Blog with you later.Goodluck with our buddy.

Bama Dude Is A Weenie Head

December 13th, 2010
1:54 pm

Just to compare: Look how trivial the Eric Ramsey violations are compared to Bama boosters did in their recruitment of Albert Means

Ramsey:
1. During a December 1989 visit by the student-athlete to the representative’s residence, the representative provided between $400 and $500 cash and four new tires (approximate value of $350) for the young man’s automobile.

2. During a February 1990 telephone conversation, the representative directed the student-athlete to mail his two delinquent car payment coupons to the representative. Subsequent to this telephone conversation, the young man mailed the coupons to the representative; and on February 20, 1990, the representative paid $299 and $278.88 to satisfy the debt utilizing money orders purchased near the representative’s business.

3. In February 1990, the representative visited the young man’s residence in Auburn where he provided between $100 and $200 cash to the student-athlete. In the spring of 1990, the representative [Page 9] provided $1,200 cash to a relative, who drove to the student-athlete’s residence where he provided $1,200 cash to the young man.

4. During a December 1990 visit by the student-athlete to the representative’s office, the representative provided $540 cash to the young man, of which $500 was a Christmas gift and $40 was to purchase gasoline.

540 dollars as a gift is a little different than 150k for a letter of intent….no??

gdawginkalamazoo

December 13th, 2010
1:55 pm

It is kind of funny that Texas paid all that money to Muschamp then he bolted because Mack wanted to play JoePa.

Bama Dude Is A Weenie Head

December 13th, 2010
1:57 pm

Now Means allegations:

NCAA sanctions
During the 2000 season, an assistant football coach at Trezevant High School in Memphis claimed that Young had paid Lynn Lang, the Trezevant head football coach, approximately $150,000 to encourage defensive lineman Albert Means to sign with Alabama.[5] Following the investigation by the NCAA, Alabama received a five-year probation, a two-year bowl ban, and a reduced number of scholarships that the university could give out—limiting them by twenty-one scholarships over the next three years.[6]

[edit] Alabama sanctions
Alabama dissociated Young from the program, banning him from involvement with the program, stripping him of his $40,000 luxury box at Bryant-Denny Stadium and canceling an insurance policy that would have paid $500,000 toward the Paul “Bear” Bryant Museum on campus.[2]

Young was convicted in federal court on conspiracy to commit racketeering, crossing state lines to commit racketeering, and arranging bank withdrawals to cover up a crime.[3] Young’s defense claimed Lang, who was also convicted of a racketeering conspiracy, was motived to testify against Young in exchange for a lighter sentence.[3] He was eventually sentenced to six months in jail, though he still firmly denied any wrong-doing.[7]

[edit] Death
On April 11, 2006, Young was found dead in his home in Memphis.[4] Originally though to be a homicide, local police concluded that Young’s death was accidental

Langley

December 13th, 2010
1:57 pm

Isn’t AU in 2nd place for all time NCAA violations? One behind being tied for first? Just saying.