Will Muschamp deserves all the finger-pointing and vitriol and pure, unabashed hatred he received from Florida Gators fans.
He admits it.
He takes full responsibility for the Gators’ 4-8 record, which included a loss to Georgia Southern.
“I totally embrace it,” Muschamp said in a USA Today article. “It’s the expectation every year to go to (the SEC championship game), and if you don’t, to me, at Florida, you haven’t accomplished what you wanted to accomplish. We’ve been here three years at Florida and we haven’t done that. But I’ve been an underdog my whole life, so this isn’t anything new to me.”
Muschamp, a former Georgia player who was the coach-in-waiting behind Mack Brown at Texas, had Florida on the verge of the national championship game in 2012, but last year was a disaster. Injuries, poor QB play, no high-quality skill people and what seemed like a general lack of interest among the players toward the end of year, all contributed to the terrible season.
“It’s not acceptable to go 4-8 at Florida regardless of the circumstances,” he told the newspaper. “There were some things that occurred within our team that were hard to overcome, and we didn’t do a good enough job of managing that. And that’s my fault, nobody else’s. I need to do a better job.”
There were changes.
Muschamp replaced offensive coordinator Brent Pease with Kurt Roper, who had been at Duke. QB Jeff Driskel has been more effective in the shotgun, which will be used more next year.
“There’s no one in that stadium or in this building who’s going to put more pressure on Will Muschamp than Will Muschamp is going to put on himself,” he said. “At the end of the day, I’m a good football coach, I know that. We’ve got an outstanding staff and we’ve got a good football team sitting in our locker room. We need to go produce, and that’s no different than last year or the year before. It’s all the same to me.”
Florida’s 2014 schedule
Idaho, Aug. 30
Eastern Michigan, Sept. 6
Kentucky, Sept 13
at Alabama, Sept. 20
at Tennessee, Oct. 4
LSU, Oct. 11
Missouri, Oct. 18
vs. Georgia (Jacksonville), Nov. 1
at Vanderbilt, Nov. 8
South Carolina, Nov. 15
Eastern Kentucky, Nov. 22
at Florida State, Nov. 29
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