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
FireWillMuschamp.com 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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67 comments Add your comment

Tampa Gator

November 14th, 2013
9:11 pm

Sometimes posting with nonsensical people is nothing but a waste of time. An elite program is a program that operates with elite funding, facilities, and success over a period of time. Florida has been an elite program ever since Steve Spurrier came to Gainesville and built Florida into one and won a NC. And winning 2 more national titles since puts Florida’s football program into elite status for sure, despite this horrible year. Ohio State and Michigan are elite programs. Notre Dame, even though they have not won a national title in a while, still has an elite football program with their funding, support, and success through the years. Georgia, with their facilities and support, success, and one national title, is an elite program. Oklahoma and Texas are also elite programs. Nebraska is an elite program, although that status has slipped since they chose to join the little ten. Bama is elite and at the top of the elite programs right now. USC (the west coast one) is an elite program despite that recent struggles. Oregon is not elite yet, although they are working there way towards that classification with great support and facilities…although no NC yet. As I posted before, if you do not believe Florida is an elite program…..drive on down to Gainesville and observe the football facilities, attend a game in the elite stadium called THE SWAMP, and then visit and observe the three national championship trophies, multiple SEC title trophies, multiple BCS Bowl trophies, and the statues and trophies of the three Heisman trophy winners. Now…..back to you nonsensical non-elite posting at will…..and continue to make yourself look foolish.

JJ

November 14th, 2013
8:22 pm

Dawggie

November 14th, 2013
6:12 pm

So Oklahoma (Stoops), Georgia (Richt), Notre Dame (Faust), Michigan (Carr), Alabama (Shula) are not elite programs because they’ve hired rookie college head coaches in the past? Ok. Thanks for the great analysis.

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Georgia doesn’t even belong in that list of candidates to begin with, but even the truly elite teams in the list weren’t very elite when they had to hire an inexperienced Head Coach. Hell, even Auburn can win an NC every 50 years or so. That doesn’t make them “elite”.

BaseballBuff

November 14th, 2013
8:16 pm

Muschamp looks to be a perfect fit for DC at UGA. It may sound like a long shot now, but I hope it happens.

old school

November 14th, 2013
7:18 pm

Get rid of Grantham and bring him back as uga def coordinator. At least he can do that, some people are good head coaches, and some are good coordinators. They don’t always go hand and hand. Muschamp is a better coordinator.

Sunshine State

November 14th, 2013
6:19 pm

There is a reason that Florida, Florida State and Miami have combined to win 10 national championships (and played for about a half dozen more titles) since 1980. That didn’t just happen by coincidence. It’s called demographics. Florida is about the pass NY as the third largest state. The schools have grown in size and their athletic departments have grown in resources. Most importantly, the high level of high school football talent is not going away. These programs will experience down years, but the idea that any of them will remain in constant mediocrity is very unlikely. Sorry guys, the 1970’s aren’t coming back again.

Dawggie

November 14th, 2013
6:12 pm

So Oklahoma (Stoops), Georgia (Richt), Notre Dame (Faust), Michigan (Carr), Alabama (Shula) are not elite programs because they’ve hired rookie college head coaches in the past? Ok. Thanks for the great analysis.

TU

November 14th, 2013
5:55 pm

If Muschamp needs a QB, he should call Richt. UGA operates QB-r-us for the SEC.

TU

November 14th, 2013
5:35 pm

Florida is an elite program in the modern espn era.
Foley should go get O’leary’s O coordinator. UCF does not have a prolific offense, but it is balanced. Of course, their record speaks for itself.

SEC_SEC_SEC

November 14th, 2013
5:35 pm

Elite programs don’t hire assistant coaches to lead their football teams.

kerryb

November 14th, 2013
5:28 pm

UF’s elite status went away win Tim Tebow graduated.