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Muschamp apologizes for sideline language against Auburn

Will Muschamp

If anyone watched Saturday’s game between Florida and Auburn, you no doubt caught more than a few video — and audio — clips of Gators coach Will Muschamp “expressing his displeasure” with the officiating that night.

Muschamp was particularly irate during a pair of plays involving running back Chris Rainey, once during a play where Muschamp felt there should have been a holding call on Rainey, and the other on a muffed punt by Rainey where the coach felt there was interference.

In his Tuesday press conference, Muschamp apologized for his language — and that’s about it.

I do want to apologize for my language on the sidelines the other night,” Muschamp said. “That’s not something that’s going to be tolerated here at the University of Florida, first of all, by me and our program. That’s certainly not representative of what this program and this university is about.’

“It’s hard when you’ve got a 6-year-old and a 10-year-old at home and you’ve got to go home and explain to them what you said. So that’s not good and that’s not how we’re going to run our program. That’s it. Again, as far as the sideline stuff’s concerned, we’re going to be who we are. I’m just apologizing for the language, nothing else.”

Muschamp is a fiery guy, but it doesn’t look like Florida is going to take any public stance on the matter. What do you think? Should Muschamp be reprimanded for his language or behavior during Saturday’s game?

(quotes courtesy of the St. Petersburg Times) 

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21 Responses to “Muschamp apologizes for sideline language against Auburn”
  1. mydixienormus says: Oct 18, 2011 5:59 PM

    While he’s at it, he should be apologizing for UF’s poor play.

    When was the last time UF lost 3 in a row?

    Will we be researching when the last time they lost 4 in a row after the UGA game?????

  2. patbocam says: Oct 18, 2011 6:00 PM

    “muschamp was particularly irate during a pair of plays involving running back Chris Rainey, once during a play where Muschamp felt there should have been a holding call against Rainey, and the other on a muffed punt by Rainey where the coach felt there was interference”……….wait….what? Muschamp wanted a flag thrown on his own running back for holding? No wonder Florida sucks, their coach doesn’t understand the game…..

  3. bassmaster357 says: Oct 18, 2011 6:18 PM

    patbocam,,, Coach wanted a flag on the defensive end of Auburn who had Rainey by the jersey right at the numbers. Watch the replay, there is no doubt and I would be upset to because the pass was to Rainey trying to come out of the backfield with that end holding on. As for the foul language, coached football before, been there got a flag throw the second time, the first I saw him look at me and the ref heard me and I apologized after saying that call was a chickens–t call. But I was right and he told me that later it was a bad call but no replays on judgement penalties.

  4. canetic says: Oct 18, 2011 6:25 PM

    Not much research required — the gators lost three in a row last year.

  5. thegonz13 says: Oct 18, 2011 8:23 PM

    No f@$€*} problem, Will… we forgive you for f;&¥%# using that s@#€ language!

  6. rsmeans says: Oct 18, 2011 8:39 PM

    It does not appear that Will M is cut out to be a head coach and will be gone within 2-3 years. Another Zook?

  7. chachooga says: Oct 18, 2011 10:38 PM


    I was watching live. The holding on Rainey was certainly there, but he didn’t go kookoo apey on that play.

    He was freakin out of control on that punt. I was surprised the audio got put through. It was bad. Credit to him for apologizing, but he wasn’t warranted in that crazyness…sure be mad, but he just kept going insane.

    There wasn’t clearly contact even in replay, and the gunner was moving out of the way, as rainey was coming forward. There was some jinx on those punt return guys from UF for sure all night.

    Muschamp is nutso. Loving what Miami has in Golden…..hope he keeps winning! We are at one in a row right now….hahahha….but I do like Golden and the direction he is taking the team.

  8. overratedgators says: Oct 19, 2011 12:25 AM

    As always … Stay classy, Gators.

  9. waynefontes says: Oct 19, 2011 8:11 AM

    I’d apologize more for the fact that Florida always gets these amazing recruiting classes with so many 4 and 5 star players but they have so little to show the last two years.

  10. waynefontes says: Oct 19, 2011 8:12 AM

    It’s not like Zook is still coaching your team.

  11. florida727 says: Oct 19, 2011 8:12 AM

    FYI for those of you unfamiliar with football rules, interference on a punt receiver does NOT require contact be made; there has to be a specific distance given between the gunner and the returner prior to the fielding of the punt so that the receiver has “an unimpeded opportunity” to catch the kicked ball.

    For anyone wishing to have a rational discussion about Muschamp’s behavior, in a word, from a Gator fan, unacceptable. It’s one thing to be “fiery” or “intense” on the sidelines; it’s quite another to be so out-of-control emotions-wise. Frankly, if you’re THAT emotional, I have to wonder if it clouds your judgment.

    As for ‘dickheadnormous’, come back and post on this blog site when the Washington Huskies are relevant to college football again. Should see you again in a decade or two. Even after three losses, UF controls its own destiny in getting to the SEC championship game. They won’t get there, but as of now, they do dictate where they finish. It’s called a “rebuilding period”. You should be familiar with it. Your Huskies have been in one since, what, 1992?

  12. overratedgators says: Oct 19, 2011 8:37 AM

    florida727 needs to check his facts. Washington is currently ranked 25th in the AP poll, and 22nd in the Coaches poll. Remind me: where are the Gators ranked again?

    Oh, that’s right … They aren’t.

    Typical Gator fan … Insists that UF is always the superior team, despite never having actually watched a game outside the SEC. Arrogant and provincial, as always.

  13. noaxetogrind says: Oct 19, 2011 9:04 AM

    overrated, Gator fans can defend themselves so I am not here to do that. I am curious though, what happened to you? Were you or your child denied admission to Florida? Did somebody beat you up at a Florida game once? Has your team consistently struggled against Florida for a long period of time? I love the passion on this board but I am always intrigued from a sociological point of view when certain posters have such a disdain for one particular team or conference that they are obsessed. Instead of focusing on their team they have a neurotic attachment to another team. I believe the amateur psychologist would say it is typically a case of unresolved anger or irrational envy. Just curious which one is fueling you?

  14. hrudey says: Oct 19, 2011 11:46 AM

    noaxetogrind: It’s simple. If they’ve got nothing of their own to have pride in, they figure the next best thing is try to bring other people down low enough to look less pathetic by comparison.

  15. gamustangdude says: Oct 19, 2011 11:58 AM

    Yep Florida is not ranked Washington is, let’s say those two play I wonder who’s favored? Guarnteed it’s not the Huskies. That should tell you how valid those “rankings” are.

  16. 1990tiger says: Oct 19, 2011 12:23 PM

    From what I saw on television, I don’t disagree with Muschamp on the punt call (or lack thereof) but I don’t think the lack of a call warranted him going apesh!t and continuing on and on and on and on and on about it… the point that UF had to call a timeout because they couldn’t get the next play in…at least I hope that was the reason and not that Muschamp thought a non-call would get reviewed.

    While the (lack of a) call may have influenced the game to a degree, it didn’t determine the outcome. UF had problems all night with their punt returners not being able to hold onto the ball.

    As a coach, much less a head coach, Muschamp needs to show some self-control.

  17. gatorguar says: Oct 19, 2011 12:36 PM


  18. 1buckeye76 says: Oct 19, 2011 1:54 PM

    Make him eat hot sauce… oh wait, that’s abuse right?

  19. 1historian says: Oct 19, 2011 3:04 PM

    the guy messed up

    he acknowledged it and apologized

    case closed

  20. mydixienormus says: Oct 19, 2011 3:48 PM

    I’m a little late to get back to this, but UW would smoke UF like a country ham if they played right now.

    They actually have a decent QB, running game, etc.

    They have also won 9 of their last 10.

    Note: Huskies were #3 in the top 25 back in 2001. Don’t have to go as far back as 1992…

    They were 3rd in the Pac 10 last year as well.

  21. suprmous says: Oct 19, 2011 6:23 PM

    Can you folks not give Will a break, after all he hasn’t had a complete season yet. Geesh Louise, C’mon Man. I’d love to see you blowhards get out there and do the job he’s got. I doubt very seriously that you could handle the responsibilties. For what it’s worth he’s doing his damnest to make a difference. And I agree he’s NO Ron Zook, thank God.

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