Florida won’t be playing in this year’s BCS championship, but the Gators, at 11-1, have college football’s best resume. Normally, a coach might receive an extension following a year like the one Will Muschamp had, but in this case Muschamp already received his extension — in August.
Per the Gainseville Sun, UF President Bernie Machen and Athletic Director Jeremy Foley decided three months ago to extend Muschamp’s contract through the 2017 season.
“It’s easy to do it when you’re 11-1, but we did it back in August because we liked the direction the program was heading,” Foley told Pat Dooley of the Sun. “We wanted to convey to Will how much confidence we had in what he was doing.”
That one-year extension is on top of the one Muschamp received in February of this year to take him through 2016. The terms of Muschamp’s contract remain the same. He’ll receive $2.7 million annually plus incentives such as $100,000 for beating Florida State and going to a BCS bowl game (the Gators appear Sugar Bowl bound).
Muschamp is now 18-7 in two years at UF. The Gators haven’t always looked pretty winning this season, but there’s no arguing the number of quality wins Florida has under its belt. If a four-team playoff was implemented this year, there wouldn’t be any question that Muschamp’s team would be among the four selected.
Turns out Steve Spurrier isn’t the only iconic college football figure to retire this week.
Texas announced Tuesday evening Bevo XIV has been diagnosed with bovine leukemia and has been retired to his pasture, effective immediately.
Bevo XIV missed Saturday’s stunning upset of then-No. 10 Oklahoma with what the school called a “life threatening” illness, and rumors circulated around the internet this week he had passed away.
Bevo XIV officially hangs up his horns with a 106-41 record with two national championship appearances.
There is no word at press time on a possible debut of Bevo XV.
Urban Dictionary defines “Clemsoning” as “the act of an inexplicably disappointing performance, usually within the context of a college football season.”
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney was asked about the phenomenon following the Tigers’ destruction of Georgia Tech Saturday and promptly went off. The question, asked by ESPN’s David Hale, was in reference to Swinney’s program shaking the label – Saturday marked Clemson’s 34th straight win over an unranked opponent – but Swinney didn’t see it that way.
Armed with some new facts (Clemson SID Tim Bourret noted 50 teams have fallen as ranked opponents to unranked foes since the Tigers last did so on Nov. 19, 2011), Swinney again targeted the “Clemsoning” label.
“I think it’s an agenda. It’s just bias,” Swinney told the Charleston (S.C.) Post & Courier Tuesday. “People are uneducated. They’re just ignorant and lazy because they’re not looking at the facts. If they did, they’d be focused on other schools and not Clemson. They’d be dialed in on what Clemson has done. There aren’t three other schools in the country as consistent as Clemson, in all aspects.”
I hate to break it to you, Dabo: you are absolutely correct, but the term, as they say, has been coined.
Just go beat Florida State, beat South Carolina, win the ACC and win a national title and maybe Urban Dictionary will delete that pesky page out of a sign of respect.
Also, No. 5 Clemson hosts unranked Boston College on Saturday. This would be a very, very unfortunate time for the Tigers to suffer an upset.