SEC Media Days: Muschamp deserves some time at Florida

Will Muschamp is under some pressure after going 3-5 in SEC in first season. (AP photo)

Will Muschamp is under some pressure after going 3-5 in SEC in first season. (AP photo)

(It’s Day 2 at SEC Media Days. Here’s a quick look at Will Muschamp and Florida.)

HOOVER, Ala. — Shortly after taking over as coach at Florida, Will Muschamp summoned Janoris Jenkins to his office and informed the talented but troubled cornerback that he would be suspended for five games because of multiple failed drug tests.

Jenkins’ response was not one of remorse but rather entitlement. He told Muschamp: “Do you know who you’re talking to?” And so ended Jenkins’ career at Florida.

We use that story partly to defend Muschamp, who has come under some heat, and illustrate the problems he has dealt with at Florida since replacing Urban Meyer. A dozen players have left or been run off in the past year. It’s now clear the talent base at Florida wasn’t what you would expect – and Meyer probably knew this, which is why he “retired” in the first place: He saw the problems coming.

Any claims Meyer left for health or family reasons went out the window when he took the Ohio State job a year later.

This doesn’t mean we know for certain Muschamp is a great head coach. But after going only 7-6 (3-5 in the SEC) last season, it’s worth noting that he inherited a bit of a mess.

“No more pressure at all,” Muschamp said Wednesday at SEC Media Days when asked if he felt more pressure in Year 2. “The pressure is what you put on yourself, and I put an awful lot on myself whether it’s year one or year 10.  Going into the first year, the issues I knew we had was a situation where we inherited a roster with two quarterbacks on scholarship, Tyler Murphy and John Brantley.  Unfortunately, I think I said this a thousand times last year, if we can keep John Brantley healthy, we’ll be fine. … We lost a lot of confidence offensively.  We struggled to move the ball consistently. That really permeates and affects your entire football team when that happens.  Whether you’re a head coach or assistant coach, when you’re heading in with that, it is difficult and frustrating.”

But Muschamp, who was projected as the next Georgia coach when he was defensive coordinator at Texas, admitted he feels “more prepared” for the job this season.

“Mack Brown said something to me when I was at Texas, had the opportunity to be the next head coach at Texas,” Muschamp said. “I said, ‘What makes you think I’m ready for this job?’ He said, ‘You’re not.’ I’ve been a head coach at North Carolina for 10 years and Appalachian State for one year and Tulane for four years, and I wasn’t ready for this job at Texas.  Every job is different.  Every job has its own set of circumstances, its own positives, its own negatives. That always made a lot of sense when he said that.  You have to work yourself into the job when you get there.”

By Jeff Schultz

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184 comments Add your comment

Ron

July 18th, 2012
11:28 am

To hell with ‘em! GO DAWGS!

Coach Richt

July 18th, 2012
11:30 am

Looking forward to seeing you, my fellow Dawg, in Jax again this year. Praise the Lord. You are the best thing that has happened to me.

txfood

July 18th, 2012
11:30 am

txfood

July 18th, 2012
11:34 am

It is amazing that St. Urban’s buddies at ESPN have completely ignored his part in the mess at Florida. But the same clowns said that you had to win your conference to play in the national championship in 2007, and completely changed their tone in 2011.

MichaelP

July 18th, 2012
11:35 am

Had the chance to meet Coach Muschamp in hotel at Sawgrass before last years game.
Very nice and personable guy. Hope we beat them again this year !
Go DAWGS

Jordan H.

July 18th, 2012
11:38 am

Pitbull

July 18th, 2012
11:42 am

Miss Chump got hired into a vipros pit. Between the entitled players and the entitled fans he will end up like Zook within a couple of years.

Too bad. He had it made before he got to Flori duh.

If he was smart he would have taken the job at Vandy for the experience or coached a MWC team just to get into the head coaching ranks.

STUDENT ATHLETE

July 18th, 2012
11:44 am

Georgia will lose to Florida (which will field one of the best defenses in college football), Tennessee, and of course Spurrier will take Grantham to the woodshed – again.

RxDawg

July 18th, 2012
11:48 am

Bryan G.

July 18th, 2012
11:51 am

I’m so glad we put UGA-moles at UF and UT. I’m looking forward to Kirby getting a job at an SEC school so that UGA can wreck them all from the inside. MUHAHAHAHHAHA!!!

Glory between the Hedges

July 18th, 2012
11:53 am

Well we can expect Tampa Gators response soon….

Herschel Talker

July 18th, 2012
11:59 am

Schultzie:

I agree, he got a mess dumped in his lap from Urban. But this year he has no such excuse.

TO HELL WITH FLORIDA!!!!

FIRE MARK RICHT!!!!

HT

Old Dawg

July 18th, 2012
11:59 am

It’s interesting that St. Urban uses “character issues at Florida” when he recruits players from the Sunshine State. If that’s the case, he created those character issues.

I alway want UGA to beat Florida, but I do have a limited amount of sympathy for the mess Muschamp inherited.

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NoGaGator

July 18th, 2012
12:03 pm

With all that hit the fan for Muschamp last year, he still had a better record than CMR did in 2010.

5150 UOAD

July 18th, 2012
12:05 pm

Mark Richt should have a shorter leash than Muschamp.

Hairy Dawg

July 18th, 2012
12:07 pm

We love Muschamp and hope he remains a UF a long time.

KingGator

July 18th, 2012
12:08 pm

Urban and Lane Kiffin deserve to be confined to the same trailer for a few weeks. Gator fans never really took to Urban anyway. He rode Tebow then bolted
Mushchamp is a Gator at heart even though he went to UGA. Good guy that deserves some respect. Hopefully he can get the offense cooking some this yr. If that happens, watch out!! Defense with Muschamp is a given. Once the offense starts rolling, it’s gonna be awesome!!
Go Gators!!

NCDawg

July 18th, 2012
12:11 pm

From where do you think that “entitlement mentality” originates? Thank the democrats and their own version of K street lemmings – the national media.

Wilson Pickett

July 18th, 2012
12:12 pm

You UGA folks will be eating crow after your visit to Jax! Will and his staff has more discipline and as much talent as the puppies. UF needs solid play from their QB! Hint…don’t beat us son.

Dawglasville

July 18th, 2012
12:17 pm

I loved Muschamp as a player, much like I loved Kirby Smart. He absolutely deserves more time. I think he needs to control himself a little more on the sideline, much like Grantham. I’m not pulling for the guy, mostly because of having to listen to UF fans, but he deserves a fair shake.

Jaded

July 18th, 2012
12:18 pm

I just don’t like hotheaded former defensive coordinators as head coaches. Muschamp certainly seems enthusiastic and ambitious, but I’m not sure he has the right demeanor to be a head coach. I hear some UGA fans suggest Grantham would be a better head coach than Richt, and I completely disagree. CTG is perfect in his current role.

tmc

July 18th, 2012
12:19 pm

yeah, a real mess.
a top 5 team playing for a SEC & National Title every year really turns the recruits away!

-give me a freggin break. any step back by Florida can be put squarely on Muschamps shoulders.

BigDawg

July 18th, 2012
12:19 pm

Hope the Gators enjoy watching other teams in the SEC championship game again! Go Dawgs!

Rothschild

July 18th, 2012
12:24 pm

I hope he returns them to the good old days of Doug Dickey, Charlie Pell and Galen Hall … as nature intended them to be.

Fair n Balanced

July 18th, 2012
12:27 pm

College football has issues.

5150 UOAD

July 18th, 2012
12:27 pm

BigDwag…..why don’t you tell the GATOR fans how you have survive life watching OTHER TEAMS playing in the SEC Championship Game. Not like the Dwags are constant participant.

JK

July 18th, 2012
12:31 pm

Muschamp will be fine. What Gators fans are going to have to understand is that UF is an average football school. Spurrier is gone now. Time to come back to reality. UF will win a lot of games but elite coaches are a once in a generation thing.

JB

July 18th, 2012
12:31 pm

Who in their 10th, 15 th year in their career in the real world gets hired by a company that say’s, Ok, come work for us for 5 years at 13.5 million dollars during that time, and let’s see what you got. No one. He and Derek Dooley became millionaires over night. They will be around college football a long time, regardless of how these gigs work out ( see Groh at Tech). He will fill up that roster with talent…………..But we’ve seen in Athens that doesn’t mean a NC.

Well

July 18th, 2012
12:31 pm

“Muschamp deserves some time at Florida

Ya think? Geez, he’s only been there for ONE season. Heck, CMR has been at UGA for over ten years and has NOTHING to show for it other than 2 SEC titles.

Well

July 18th, 2012
12:33 pm

“My predictions for the SEC”

Auburn = 7-5???

They went 8-5 having lost 33 players last year. Surely you’re mistaken, JH.

Q

July 18th, 2012
12:33 pm

“Gator fans never really took to Urban anyway”….Right, then return the crystal and change the record books then turd. Still better than OBC.

Q

July 18th, 2012
12:35 pm

“He rode Tebow then left”….More he rode Zook’s recruits to 2 NC’s then bolted when his should start stepping up. DERP

JB

July 18th, 2012
12:38 pm

Meyer will be back in the booth in about 3 years. He won’t have Tebow, Charlie Strong and all that Florida talent. Ohio St. Fans are in for a disappointment. He will have about 8 or 9 easy games a year. They play nobody year in year out.

Dawg Doo

July 18th, 2012
12:39 pm

Q – don’t think Gators are saying that they didn’t appreciate the wins, just that Urban never fit in. He was a carpetbaggin, Notre Dame-lovin’ mercenary.

Dawg Doo

July 18th, 2012
12:43 pm

I can’t stand Meyer, but he didn’t just ride Tebow. Dang, look at the number of players from the 2008 team that already are estblished starters in the NFL. That team was loaded. Meyer is one weird dude, but it’s not like he doesn’t know how to win games.

Q

July 18th, 2012
12:46 pm

I just find it funny that the gaytors try to play off like they don’t sit awake and cry saying “Why would he leave US? I mean, we are Florida, bwaaaaaaaaa”..

Cause you’re pricks……

Well

July 18th, 2012
12:46 pm

“He won’t have Tebow, Charlie Strong and all that Florida talent. Ohio St. Fans are in for a disappointment.”

Keep telling yourself that. O State gets TONS of talented players every year. I’m not an OSU fan but I’m realistic enough to know that he will have MUCH success at OSU.

Q

July 18th, 2012
12:47 pm

And you were used…….

Q

July 18th, 2012
12:47 pm

Like underwear……..

Q

July 18th, 2012
12:48 pm

and now you are left with Urban Meyer’s dirty underwear….and crystal balls with smudges on them. :)

Well

July 18th, 2012
12:48 pm

“I can’t stand Meyer, but he didn’t just ride Tebow.”

Tebow was not the starting QB in 2006 when UF won a title. Then again, dawg fans have to find any and every excuse to discredit another school for winning titles.

1980!!!! WOOF WOOF!!!

Well

July 18th, 2012
12:48 pm

“I just find it funny that the gaytors ”

Jeff Shultz doesn’t like homophobic comments.

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5150 UOAD

July 18th, 2012
12:50 pm

I wish there was something good to say about Tech but there is nothing! I come here to talk trash about Georgia because my Tech team and coach are a joke and I have no life! I wish Meyer would come to Tech!

Q

July 18th, 2012
12:50 pm

I misstyped.

5150 UOAD

July 18th, 2012
12:53 pm

FAKE 5150 UOAD..Meyer is at TECH and dating Cory Dennis.

Dawg Doo

July 18th, 2012
12:54 pm

Q – sorry, mistook you for an adult.

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Q

July 18th, 2012
12:57 pm