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.

Stay tuned.

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697 comments Add your comment

Ed (The Original)

December 13th, 2010
5:02 pm

“I’ll bet Florida will not win the SEC East next year. The surprise winner: Georgia.”

That really will be a surprise if Richt is still our coach, SuperB.

BAMA dude

December 13th, 2010
5:02 pm

Wow, I must be a big time blogger these days. Got my very own stalker!

Braselton84

December 13th, 2010
5:05 pm

ted brogan
December 13th, 2010
4:45 pm

an auburn fan throwing around the death penalty, wow…

I’ll be shocked if the newton story is over, have a great time while you can…

__________________________________________________________________

Prepare to be shocked then.

Langley

December 13th, 2010
5:05 pm

Bama dude,
He is an amazing stalker. Went from weenie something to Langley is a clown. I think he had to go take a bath. His mother (or boyfriend) must have had his supper ready.

Randy

December 13th, 2010
5:12 pm

gatorsports.com is reporting breaking news of Kirby Smart accepting position at the University of Florida !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Go Gators

and bulldog fans……………..if you can’t beat em….join em !

Langley Is A Hack

December 13th, 2010
5:29 pm

An Alabama booster previously identified as Logan Young of Memphis, Tenn., gave cash to a high school coach who was seeking $100,000 cash and two sport-utility vehicles in exchange for directing star recruit Albert Means to Alabama.

An assistant coach, former recruiting coordinator Ronnie Cottrell, received two loans totaling $56,600 from Young in violation of NCAA rules. The loan was not repaid until the case became known.

Two boosters involved in repeated rules violations were known to the Alabama staff, coaches and fans and often were seen at the team hotel during road games.

“These violations are some of the worst, most serious that have ever occurred,” he said.

Langley Is A Hack

December 13th, 2010
5:31 pm

Langley how you feel about losing your DC to Florida? LMAO Kiss him goodbye mullet!!

Langley Is A Worthless Hack

December 13th, 2010
5:36 pm

Langley

December 13th, 2010
4:50 pm
Weenie lover (Langely the clown) You should know what mediocrity feels like

HISTORY LESSON FOR LANGLEY……

The College Football Research Center lists Auburn as the 14th best college football program in history,[3] with eight Auburn squads listed in Billingsley’s Top 200 Teams of All Time (1869–2006).[4] ESPN ranked Auburn 21st overall[5] and 22nd in the BCS era,[6] behind several other SEC schools, including Florida, Georgia, LSU, Tennessee, and arch-rival Alabama.

The Associated Press poll statistics show Auburn with the 11th best national record of being ranked in the final AP Poll[7] and 12th overall (ranked 470 times out of 970 polls since the poll began in 1936), with an average ranking of 11.26.[8] Since the Coaches Poll first released a final poll in 1950, Auburn has 25 seasons where the team finished in the top 20 in both the AP and Coaches Polls.[9]

Auburn has the 13th most wins in D-1A college football.[10] In terms of winning percentage, Auburn ranks as the 9th most successful team in the past 25 years with a 71.6% win rate (214–83–5)[11] and 12th over the last 50 years with 63.0% (386–176–10).[12] Of the 93 current I-A football programs that been active since Auburn first fielded a team 116 years ago, Auburn ranks 13th in winning percentage over that period.[13]

Heisman links
Three Auburn players, Pat Sullivan in 1971, Bo Jackson in 1985, and Cam Newton in 2010 have won the Heisman Trophy. The Trophy’s namesake, John Heisman, coached at Auburn from 1895 until 1899. Auburn is the only school where Heisman coached (among others, Georgia Tech and Clemson) that has produced a Heisman Trophy winner

Recent History Lesson for Langley

December 13th, 2010
5:37 pm

While Auburn football has a long and storied history, the Tigers have been quite successful in recent years. Since the expansion of the SEC and the split into divisions, Auburn has been the winningest SEC West team in league play since the conference realignment in 1992.[21] As of the end of the 2009 season, Auburn teams have won 33 of their last 50 conference matchups including 16 of the last 24 SEC away games. The Tigers seem to perform best when facing their greatest challenge as, in addition to the success on the road in the SEC, Auburn teams have won 9 of their last 16 matchups versus top-10 opponents. The Tigers also have done well protecting Jordan-Hare Stadium, particularly at night where the home team has won 18 of the 22 night games since 2000. Over the five seasons prior to 2009, Auburn won 47 games.

FAN

December 13th, 2010
5:37 pm

Kirby Smart turned down his alma mater, what makes you think he’s gonna go to fla??? like last year that would be a lateral move. why leave the best program in the sec to join fla?? especially since he’ll be a HC next year. keep wishing gaytor fans

TrishaDishaWarEagle

December 13th, 2010
5:38 pm

I should win a trophy for creating so many different Auburn fans to support our fine University on this blog!

@ed

December 13th, 2010
5:38 pm

Stay classy? Hell Florida just did what 90% of the SEC is thinking about Auburn right now by making that announcement when they did,Disrespect them.Sure they did it on purpose,i’m lsu and i loved it.

Atlanta Gator

December 13th, 2010
5:38 pm

In fairness to our Georgia Bulldog rivals, having just hired Will Muschamp as our new head coach, if we also get Kirby Smart as our new defensive coordinator, we promise not to take all of UGA’s talented young alumni who are assistant coaches. Really. We promise. You can keep Mike Bobo.

= )

Mongo

December 13th, 2010
5:39 pm

Mongo like Trisha. Trisha cute like Auburn cheerleaders.

Recent History Lesson for Langley

December 13th, 2010
5:39 pm

There have been 245 Auburn players drafted into the National Football League, with 15 earning 30 All-Pro honors, 27 making Pro Bowl appearances, and 23 playing in the Super Bowl.

The Dow Jones College-Football Success Index ranked Auburn as the eighth best program in the nation, with the second highest Draft Value which indicate “that a school’s players perform better than NFL scouts seem to expect”.[31] Auburn is tied (with Miami) for second most Top 5 NFL Draft picks this decade, and The Plains have produced 25 first round draft picks overall.

Running back U

Cadillac Williams evades a tackler.Auburn has several former running backs currently playing that position in the NFL (see below). They carry on a long legacy of top NFL backs from Auburn such as Tucker Frederickson, William Andrews, Joe Cribbs, James Brooks, Rudi Johnson, Stephen Davis, James Bostic, Brandon Jacobs, Lionel James, Brent Fullwood, Carnell Williams, Ronnie Brown, Heath Evans, Kenny Irons, Ben Tate, Tommie Agee and Bo Jackson. Over the years 1987-2008, there have been 15 Tiger running backs drafted into the NFL, with several more successfully signing as undrafted free-agents.

Current NFL players
There are a number of former Auburn players currently listed on NFL rosters. These players include nine running backs, seven linebackers, six wide receivers, three tight ends, eight cornerbacks, one quarterback, one placekicker and twenty linemen including six nose tackle, six guards, five offensive tackles and three defensive ends.

Recent History Lesson for Langley

December 13th, 2010
5:41 pm

Auburn football teams have been invited to participate in 35 total bowls and have garnered a record of 20–13–2. Auburn ranks as one of the best programs in the nation in success in bowl games. Auburn ranks 16th in all-time bowl appearances with 35, 13th in all-time bowl wins with 20, and tied for 22nd in all-time bowl win percentage at .600. On January 1, 2010, Auburn defeated Northwestern in the Outback Bowl in overtime, 38-35. Auburn has won 3 straight bowl games and 6 out of their last 7.

Recent History Lesson for Langley

December 13th, 2010
5:43 pm

Total Appearances in the Final AP Poll

——————————————————————————–
Total Appearances Appearances in the Top 10 Appearances in the Top 5 Appearances at #1 1936-Present 2000s 1990s 1980s 1970s 1960s 1950s 1940s 1930s Top 10 Top 25 Top 50 All

RK
Team
App*
Avg RK
High RK

1.
Michigan
55
9.15
1

2.
Oklahoma
49
7.39
1

3.
Notre Dame
49
7.71
1

4.
Ohio State
48
8.40
1

5.
Alabama
45
7.98
1

6.
Nebraska
44
8.68
1

7.
Texas
43
9.28
1

8.
USC
42
8.50
1

9.
Tennessee
42
9.86
1

10.
Penn State
38
9.87
1

11.
Auburn
34
11.26
1

12.
LSU
32
9.53
1

13.
Georgia
31
10.19
1

14.
UCLA
30
10.10
2

15.
Miami (FL)
29
8.62
1

16.
Florida
26
9.81
1

17.
Arkansas
26
10.46
2

18.
Florida State
25
7.88
1

19.
Texas A&M
23
11.70
1

20.
Clemson
23
13.87
1

21.
Washington
22
11.00
2

22.
Georgia Tech
22
12.00
2

23.
Mississippi
21
11.52
2

24.
Michigan State
20
8.40
1

25.
Iowa

Driving Ms Dooley

December 13th, 2010
5:44 pm

I agree Trish. You’re the best!

jm

December 13th, 2010
5:45 pm

You gotta be kidding about Florida winning the east in 2011. South Carolina, which will be much better, will repeat.

BAMA dude

December 13th, 2010
5:46 pm

Leave it to a Barner to brag about finishing in the Top 25. Bravo.

Recent History Lesson for Langley

December 13th, 2010
5:46 pm

So on Dec. 2, 1989, No. 2 Alabama came to Auburn with a 10-0 record. The No. 11 Tigers were 8-2. Two hours before the game, an estimated 20,000 fans, nearly one-quarter of the 85,319 (a record that stood for 12 years), gathered on the east and west sides of Donahue Drive. A writer from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and I stood on the west side, about two-thirds of the way down the hill.

The Auburn fans roared, their eyes glazed with a mixture of fervor, pride, passion, and perhaps a touch of the Jack Daniels. We were five or six deep and couldn’t get any closer to the street. We were also hemmed in, and didn’t have the zeal-fueled adrenaline to ward off the elbows and other parts of the bouncing, heaving, deafening masses. I no longer had any interest in taking notes, which was just as well, because the noise and the lack of space made it impossible. My own adrenaline kicked in, and I worked my way into open space.

Tiger Walk is no longer spontaneous. It is now almost a production. But the height of emotion it reached in 1989 will be a watermark for years to come.

“You never will see that commotion again,” Housel says. “The Children of Israel entered the Promised Land for the first time only once.”

Auburn took the lead in the opening minutes of that 1989 game and pulled away in the second half for a 30-20 victory. But the victory on the field, while important, paled beside the victory off the field.

Because when Alabama arrived on campus, Auburn had arrived, too.

On Saturday, they’ll walk the Tiger Walk again, to prove it.

Ivan Maisel is a senior writer at ESPN.com

Mongo

December 13th, 2010
5:46 pm

Trish cute, but Trish make Mongo weenie burn.

Randy

December 13th, 2010
5:47 pm

Hey recent history……………better hang on. Some more history ma be coming down the pike and I think it just might be history you as soon just forget. All Burn = SMU

Atlanta Gator 3IML

December 13th, 2010
5:53 pm

On the way back from an afternoon appointment today, I was listening to the UGA alumni on 680 the FAN radio. Interestingly, most Dawgs fans were fairly adamantly unhappy about Will Muschamp accepting the Florida job. On the other hand, I just checked the Gainesville Sun website, and most of the bloggers are genuinely excited at Muschamp’s hiring, and are already chattering happily about the prospect of Kirby Smart becoming the Gators’ new defensive coordinator. Apparently, Gators fans have no problem with a couple of well-qualified Dawg alumni leading the Gators football team . . . just as long as they don’t make a habit of losing to the Evil Genius.

*grin*

Randy

December 13th, 2010
5:56 pm

Gonna be bad for those dawgs to lose to their own. Man that is gonna hurt.

KR

December 13th, 2010
5:56 pm

ESPN is reporting that Malzahn has turned down Vanderbilt. Story says he gets a big raise and a contract extension from Auburn.

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=5915527

Beast from the East

December 13th, 2010
5:58 pm

Nice story on how Foley decided on Muschamp.
http://www.gatorzone.com/story.php?id=19415

Mongo

December 13th, 2010
5:58 pm

“Trish cute, but Trish make Mongo weenie burn.”

HEY! MONGO has blog stalker now! Mongo is famous.

Mongo like Trisha, but Mongo not like Trisha THAT MUCH.

dan mullen

December 13th, 2010
5:59 pm

Muschamp over me?? Thats a joke!

Gus?

December 13th, 2010
6:00 pm

You turn down a HC job? Dude, I know its Vandy but you win there and you write your own ticket.okay then,I guess we see how good you really are next year.

Nurse Ratched

December 13th, 2010
6:11 pm

Randy the loony bin is calling AGAIN! They said you were off your meds & wandered off……Randy flew over the cuckoo’s nest LoL

wreckmaniac

December 13th, 2010
6:13 pm

Everybody at UGA wanted Muschamp last year when Richt made a change. Such stupid ideas can only come from this crowd. Muschamp and K Smart are both ready to take any top head coaching job in the nation and the UGA crowd thinks these two are willing to come back to “good ole Athens” to be an assistant. Where else do such halucinations occur ? Nothing is going to change. FL would beat UGA with Chan Gailey as coach.

Bama Dude Is a Gomer

December 13th, 2010
6:15 pm

No “Dude” just pointing out that AU has consistently finished higher than UGA, Florida, & LSU. And since the re-alignment in 1992, AU has been the most successful team in the entire SEC West. Far from mediocrity, as Langley laughably claims…….

Mongo

December 13th, 2010
6:16 pm

Beast—-Thanks for the link. Good story on Foley’s decision-making process. One good face-to-face and Muschamp was hired. It’s not like they didn’t do their due diligence on the guy, and it’s not like he’s not a known commodity. You might be able to take your time in hiring a baseball coach or a soccer coach, but not your football coach, not in this day and age. Gotta get it done before a bidding war breaks out, or he accepts another job.

And I have absolutely no problem with Foley’s process and decision whether he spoke with Stoops, Harbaugh, Mullen or Peterson first. Stoops is happy where he is, and he turned Foley down six years ago. Harbaugh is waiting for Rich Rodriguez to get canned. Mullen? Maybe Foley decided that it was time for new blood to reinvigorate the program; maybe after two seasons, Mullen thought it was too soon to jump again. I do know that Foley was somewhat reserved about the idea of Spurrier returning six years ago. Petersen? Don’t know, don’t care, I think Foley got a keeper, but only time will tell.

Mongo

December 13th, 2010
6:19 pm

See? Mongo is articulate when he has to be.

Bizzaro Mongo

December 13th, 2010
6:26 pm

Mongo ego articulate.

Mongo id? Not so much…

Ed (The Original)

December 13th, 2010
6:26 pm

Has FireWillMuschamp.com come up yet?

Mongo

December 13th, 2010
6:28 pm

Ego? Id? Big words for Mongo.

Bizzaro Mongo

December 13th, 2010
6:30 pm

That why Mongo have big pencil.

Beast from the East

December 13th, 2010
6:34 pm

Candygram for Mongo!

Mongo

December 13th, 2010
6:34 pm

Bizarro Mongo is smart man.

AFDawg

December 13th, 2010
6:36 pm

Mr. Football (cough, cough), I was perfectly fine with Florida’s timing of their announcement. I know you’re trying to elevate yourself above “the fray” and be an “unquestionable good guy giving Cam all benefit of the doubt” — but you have to realize that most fans of college football do not like what they are seeing. Things would be entirely different if Cam had enrolled as a freshman at Auburn. But, the truth is, he enrolled at Florida first and left that school under pressure due to burglary, academic cheating and unpaid traffic tickets. The guy had total disregard for the law or the rules. Then he plays at a junior college to get the heat off his back. Then his Dad starts selling him to the highest bidder for the “rights” for him to play for that team. Auburn turns out to be the highest bidder. Now Cam will run off to the pros to make his millions — laughing all the way to the bank. Essentially, Auburn will have gone out and bought themselves a championship. Who does Auburn think they are — the NY Yankees? Essentially they will have witnessed the Cam services for one whole entire year — wow, isn’t that impressive. A lot of folks out there have seen what has happened (and maybe Florida’s Athletic Department is one of them), and don’t like what they see or what is happening. I am so darn tired about hearing about the scandal, the investigation, etc. How can this possibly be good for college football? Let me tell you as you will find out in the future — it isn’t. Thank goodness my kid plays high school sports — I’ll enjoy watching it because it is still clear of the cheating and corruption.

BAMA dude

December 13th, 2010
6:38 pm

Bama Dude Is a Gomer
December 13th, 2010
6:15 pm

No “Dude” just pointing out that AU has consistently finished higher than UGA, Florida, & LSU. And since the re-alignment in 1992, AU has been the most successful team in the entire SEC West. Far from mediocrity, as Langley laughably claims……

Sigh…

First off, the Barn hasn’t consistently finished ahead of those schools. Check your list- the Barn’s avg. ranking is 11.26, higher than anyone in the top 19. Being 11th on the list just means that the Barn has finished in the Top 25 two (LSU) or three (UGA) more times. Like I said, enthusiastically average.

And no, the Barn isn’t the most successful in the West. Success is defined by championships. Bama has won seven West titles, Barn and LSU tie for second at four each. Now run along, I will address you no more.

Addazio

December 13th, 2010
7:21 pm

Muschamp, I’m available.

Bama Dude Is a Gomer

December 13th, 2010
7:26 pm

Bama Dude Auburn has won more SEC championships this decade (2) then Alabama (1). They have won more SEC west championships in the last decade (3) than Alabama ( 2). After Jan. 10, if AU wins they SHOULD have 2 NC’s this decade ( Counting ‘04), Bama has 1. Who has been more successful over the past decade? The answer is Auburn. And the 90’s before that doesn’t even really count for Bama because they were found to have broke the rules BIG-TIME during the Gene Stallings era. Plus Alabama was also forced to VACATE 21 wins from the last decade that you are not even accounting for. Mullet math just don’t add up Gomer….

Mr. Barnhart

December 13th, 2010
7:29 pm

Barnhart also had a prediction at the start of this football season.”Alabama will the the 2010 Nat.Championship with out a doubt.” I wound not take Barnhart to chicken fight to and gamble my money.

Bama Dude Is a Gomer

December 13th, 2010
7:37 pm

Alabama’s record since 1996: 80-60
Auburn’s record since 1996:127-60

Hmmmm……

Delbert D.

December 13th, 2010
7:37 pm

Malzahn should be smart enough not to go to Vanderbilt. That’s a job for a Div. 1aa guy.

There is only 1 Ron Zook.

Al Golden might be a good hire. Can he work with talent is the only question.

Bama Dude Is a Gomer

December 13th, 2010
7:40 pm

6 SEC championships for Auburn since 1983
4 SEC championships for Alabama since 1983

Hmmmm……

War Eagle

December 13th, 2010
7:48 pm

I was shocked at Muschamp hire at Florida, it seems he would be ‘coach in waiting at UGA”. He will do a great job at Florida having experience at LSU, Auburn and Texas and being on the defensive side. He will bring in Applewhite experience at Bama and Texas. Hard combo to beat.