Patience is wearing thin for Muschamp

There's little consoling Florida coach Will Muschamp these days. (AP)

There's little consoling Florida coach Will Muschamp these days. (AP)

Will Muschamp’s welcome is wearing thin.

Florida fans are ready to dump Muschamp for 70 zillion reasons, including their offense stinks, but also for a list that includes some facts. Like he can’t beat Georgia (0-3), the Gators (4-5, 3-4 SEC) lost to Vanderbilt in Gainesville for the first time since 1945, they’ve lost four straight and now look like they’ll miss a bowl for the first time since 1990.

Even former coach Ron Zook, who was 23-14 (16-8 in the SEC) at Florida, is looking good right now. The Gators are 22-13 (13-10) under Muschamp, which includes going 11-2 last year.

Veteran journalist Buddy Martin, who has written a few books about Florida football and now hosts a radio show in Ocala, gave 10 reasons why Muschamp should go in this post.

His list includes a wide range of reasons, including: Muschamp has damaged Florida’s brand, he hires poor offensive coordinators and is surly with discontent fans.

But the biggest reason Martin points out is this: Florida State is riding high, enjoying its best season in 15 years. The Seminoles won won two highly publicized games over top 10 opponents on national TV. They likely will play for the national championship. Freshman QB Jameis Winston is a frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy.

FSU owns the state.

FSU, coupled with Miami’s mini resurgence, drops Florida down on the list of big-time recruits, making Muschamp’s job — or the new coach’s job — even tougher. Losing to Vanderbilt and missing bowls don’t sit well with the loads of talent coming out of Florida these days.

My guess is that Muschamp won’t be fired this year, much to the dismay of Gators fans, although is for sale, if anyone’s interested.

He’ll get another year to figure it out, maybe revamp his staff and sign some offensive talent.

He’ll get another shot, but next year might be his last.

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November 13th, 2013
1:48 pm

Anyone who knows Georgia football laughs at the very thought of “Muschump” as a coach at UGA!!!

The howling would be heard from one end of the state to the other, the fan base would revolt, and

the big-money backers would shy away from the program by the thousands!

“Muschump” is a ‘TRAITOR’ & in my view will never be welcome at UGA!

His coaching days are numbered even at Florida!


November 13th, 2013
1:43 pm

(if they do let him go…UGA should hire him as the Def Coordinator ASAP…imagine a pissed off Muschamp coaching the defense for UGA with all the talent Georgia has,plus, he is a great recruiter!!!)

As a life-long Georgia fan….Anyone with an ounce of ‘common sense’ should realize that “Muschump” will NEVER, EVER, be considered a coaching candidate at the University of Georgia…As far as most knowledgeable Georgia fans are concerned, He’s nothing but a traitor, and will never be accepted back at UGA, for any reason….The howling would be heard from one end of the state of Georgia to the other, the fan base would openly revolt, and big-money backers would shy away at the very thought of someone like “Muschump” being involved with any facet of the University!

I personally thought the hiring of him at Florida was a ‘reach’ on their part…He will only serve as an interim at Florida & his coaching days at UF are numbered!

John Galt

November 13th, 2013
1:27 pm

Hard to say that the cupboard is bare with UF recruiting classes in the top 10 each year for the last 10 years. S’plain away that one.


November 13th, 2013
12:17 pm

@Mark Stouffer

Florida recruited for Urban’s peculiar style of play prior to his “retirement”. Besides, the team had significant morale and disciplinary problems due to Urban hanging around for a year after he had already effectively quit.


November 13th, 2013
12:15 pm

He’ll probably get another year, since he had a decent season last year. Auburn had to prove the point with Chizik before they let him go, because he lucked into one successful season.

Muschamp has no substantial record of accomplishment as a Head Coach. He won’t likely build one in Gainesville. Florida should hire Bobby Petrino. By next year, most of the holier-than-thou howlers will have forgotten about Motorcycle Babe anyway.

Mark Stouffer

November 13th, 2013
12:09 pm

That “cupboard was bare” talk is just an excuse. I don’t recall UF having terrible recruiting EVER and I do recall that John Brantley was theoretically better than Tebow and that Chris Rainey was still around along with other talented players. I think that was an excuse that helped Gator fans deal with getting dumped by Urban. Muschamp just can’t make it happen as an HC and, as an FSU Alum, I suggest they keep him around for a LONG time. PS – do you have to act like a clown/jerk to be a HC at Florida?


November 13th, 2013
11:25 am

We’ll if they do let him go…UGA should hire him as the Def Coordinator ASAP…imagine a pissed off Muschamp coaching the defense for UGA with all the talent Georgia has,plus, he is a great recruiter!!!

It would probably put UGA over the hump for their National title hopes….

Mercer fan

November 13th, 2013
11:07 am

A dawg was never good enough to coach a Gator. Maybe they could hire Coach Lamb…he could get the job done.

b hope

November 13th, 2013
10:54 am

The previous coach quite the team after Ala beat him in the SEC Champ game due to the fact he did not have the players..He left little for Will to work with.. How many players have been drafted from the ones left over from Coach Quitter. Most of the best players he had were from Coach Zook recruiting. LOOK IT UP


November 13th, 2013
10:15 am

the guy is a Georgia fan