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

Huh?

November 15th, 2013
11:21 pm

Clarissa Dubois
You did see where UGA lead the conference in football gradation percentage, right? You also saw, I imagine, where UGA was the only school in…the…US… to have Fulbright, Truman and Rhodes scholars in the same year, right? Did you notice that the Dawgs have played for the last two SEC championships? Yes, I hate to say they lost, but they were there. Not South Cackalacky, not Fla, not Tenn-uh-see.

Tampa Gator

November 15th, 2013
12:41 pm

JJ….

I am looking forward to the changes Muschamp makes after the season concerning the offensive coaches and the offensive scheme that has not worked. If he makes the right choices concerning those two things, he could have a long and very successful career as the head coach of Florida. If he remains stubbornly sold on his “play offense not to lose” scheme, he might not make it to mid season next year. Therefore, what decisions Muschamp makes or does not make will be one of the top college football stories after the football season ends.

SEC_SEC_SEC

November 15th, 2013
11:18 am

C’mon Dawggie,

You know who the elite teams in college football are. Your only mistake is in thinking that UGA is one of them.

Dawggie

November 15th, 2013
10:11 am

JJ – your premise makes no sense. Every elite program (however you want to define that term) has made bad coaching hires. By your definition, there are no elite programs. The distinguishing characteristic of an elite program is that they have the resources (money, fan base, facilities, recruiting base) to recover quickly. UF has that and will recover from Muschamp’s tenure fairly quickly.

JJ

November 15th, 2013
9:00 am

Tampa Gator,

Auburn is about as “elite” as is Clemson or Baylor. Plenty of mid-tier programs have an occasional run of success. Florida wouldn’t have hired a Gene Chizik clone as their HC if they were an elite program.

Like Chizik, Muschamp is a good DC. Also like Chizik, Muschamp is a lousy program manager.

Clarisse Dubois

November 15th, 2013
8:10 am

Auburn is certainly one of the SEC’s elite programs now, along with Bama, LSU, Texas A&M, Missouri, and South Carolina. Vandy is moving into the middle tier, with the rest occupying the cellar. Georgia hasn’t been a top tier school in many years, either athletically or scholastically, and all the Kool-Aid in the world won’t change that.

Saint Jan Kemp

November 15th, 2013
12:09 am

“Georgia, with their facilities and support, success, and one national title, is an elite program.”

That’s a joke, right? That national title was 33 years ago. Jimmy Carter was President. It was a loooooong time ago.

Evliss

November 15th, 2013
12:02 am

Auburn whips the dawgs by two TDs, count on it, folks. Buh bye, Mark Richt.

Tampa Gator

November 14th, 2013
9:24 pm

Kerry b…..

I guess Steve Spurrier’s NC, SEC titles, and Heisman Trophy went away with Tebow? Danny Werfuel SEC, NC, and Heisman Trophies went away with Tebow? I guess the SEC and NC trophies with Leak went away as well? I guess all the BCS Bowl titles went away with Tebow as well? I guess the fantastic facilities went away with Tebow? I guess they burned down THE SWAMP when Tebow left? I guess the millions donated to the football program just stopped coming in when Tebow left?

Tampa Gator

November 14th, 2013
9:18 pm

JJ…..

If Auburn is not an elite program, they certainly are very close to being one. A NC, very good facilities, SEC titles, Heisman Trophy winners…….outstanding fan support……sort of sounds elite to me.