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Public support for Muschamp not being shown by Florida AD

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Times are tough in Gainesville. Following Saturday’s home loss to Vanderbilt, the Gators are in danger of not reaching the postseason. The pressure is increasing on a weekly basis for Florida head coach Will Muschamp. Typically in these situations athletics directors, and sometimes presidents of universities, will come out and lend a public show of support for their head coach. That is not the case at Florida.

Florida Athletics Director Jeremy Foley has not gone on record about Muschamp’s job security, but according to Miami Herald he has done so in private. But in the SEC, where nothing short of a BCS championship contender is expected at most of the schools, and with some programs beginning to turn things around, the rumor mill will continue to spin around Florida’s head coach until Foley says anything in public. Even then, how much will that mean?

Muschamp has admitted to some mistakes and has been critical of his coaching. He knows some things need to be changed.

“I’m a lot harder on myself than y’all are or anyone else is going to be or anyone else in this Gator Nation,” Muschamp said according to Miami Herald. “You know, again, I’m very critical of myself and what I need to do to be better, and I don’t need to hear any fan from the outside telling me what we need to do with this football team. I can assure you that.”

Florida lost at home to Vanderbilt for the first time since 1945, and just the second time in school history. As a result, Florida now needs to win two of their final three games to avoid missing the postseason without a postseason ban since 1986 (Florida was on a postseason ban in 1990).

Muschamp is probably coming back to Florida in 2014, but it is clear the Gators need to start turning things around soon. Muschamp inherited a bit of a rebuilding project, at least by Florida standards, and the progress has been limited at best overall.

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19 Responses to “Public support for Muschamp not being shown by Florida AD”
  1. dhardy8207 says: Nov 11, 2013 11:33 AM

    Perhaps the AD doesn’t want to heap any more pressure upon Muschamp’s shoulders. Although with in the rumor mill/grape vine speculation may do more harm than good, but if they have a chance of making it to post season it probably wouldn’t be a good idea to distract him further by making him face a dismissal at post season…

  2. jimmy53 says: Nov 11, 2013 11:37 AM

    “and I don’t need to hear any fan from the outside telling me what we need to do with this football team. I can assure you that.”

    Way to alienate your fanbase Muschump. As a Nole, I hope they keep you, and Miami keeps Golden for a LONG LONG LONG time!

  3. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Nov 11, 2013 11:40 AM

    Many Florida fans have been blaming the Gator’s problems on Urban Meyer for 3 years. Several of his recruits are still on the team. The reason for Florida’s poor performance is obvious. It’s Urban’s fault.

  4. fsu01 says: Nov 11, 2013 11:42 AM

    For Muschamp this is probably a good thing since the “public display of support” is usually the first in a series of press conferences. The second usually begins with AD announcing the decision to go in another direction.

  5. seanb20124 says: Nov 11, 2013 11:43 AM

    Beat FSU and all will be good

  6. xtremesportsmaniac says: Nov 11, 2013 11:49 AM

    He is Lane Kiffin in my opinion. He gets you excited with his recruiting then on gameday you realize he can’t coach. Both coaches turn 5 stars into 3 stars.

    A new coach could turn this thing around immediately similar to Orgeron at USC. Florida is one of the top jobs in the country and there is no reason to settle for this stiff.

    I did read where Foley went to the press conference after the game and was seen shaking Franklin’s hand. Something he hasn’t done all season according to reports. He would be a great hire for UF.

  7. halbert53 says: Nov 11, 2013 12:04 PM

    Muschamp was a bad choice when he was hired, just like zook. Time to fire him now and get ducks in row for quick hire once season ends just like USC is doing.

  8. johnk62 says: Nov 11, 2013 12:09 PM

    Wonder if Bobby Petrino’s indescretions are finally behind him? His offensive genius with UF’s talent would be interesting. He will only be at WKU a short time then someone in the SEC may take a chance on him.

  9. 13datsyuk13 says: Nov 11, 2013 12:18 PM

    Ok so Saban to Texas, Muschamp gets fired and comes back to take his role as DC in Austin. Who can we get as an OC? Is Mike Holmgren available?

  10. Deb says: Nov 11, 2013 12:21 PM

    Interesting how things turn out. Muschamp was the heir-apparent to Mack Brown, but Mack–like Bowden and Paterno–wouldn’t go quietly into his good night. So the Golden Boy moved on … and proved to be just so much gold plating.

    Whether or not the Longhorns’ resurgence saves Brown’s job, they’re still better off than they would have been if Mack had just handed the reins to Muschamp a few years ago.

  11. sportsguy3434 says: Nov 11, 2013 1:17 PM

    Hiring Petrino would be a mistake. He would sign 9 receivers a year, not a good recruiter, and doesn’t put any stock in defense. He would need an elite D coordinator like Muschamp or Chizik to balance him out.

  12. 11inthebox says: Nov 11, 2013 2:55 PM

    I know this is a thread about Muschamp, but since the name Petrino has been tossed into the conversation, all I’ll say is this:

    After walking out on the Falcons, and doing what he did at Arkansas, if Bobby Petrino gets another job–of any kind–the word “character” should never ever be uttered by anyone in sports. Ever.

    If Petrino returns to the SEC, lets just admit once and for all that integrity, class, and “character” have absolutely NO VALUE.

  13. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 11, 2013 3:07 PM

    When are they going to learn that hiring from the Mack Brown tree isn’t all that smart.

    Sure Chizik won at Auburn, but then he lost Malzahn and was fired almost immediately, who has since comeback and immediately turned that program around.

    Muschamp had a good season last year but then got curb stomped by a so so Louisville team.

    Somebody will give Greg Robinson a chance again as Texas has made a turn around since he was hired, and somebody will regret it…. ask Syracuse about him.

  14. irishdodger says: Nov 11, 2013 3:16 PM

    Well Foley set his own precedent when he fired Zook half way through year three, so he should expect fans (delusional or not) to start chanting the same thing. After all, head coaches don’t get fired…they get transferred…he’ll show up on another staff at another school. Personally, I think he’s safe for another year. The caveat will be that he will be urged to fire some assistants as sacrificial lambs. Changing OC every year is a recipe for disaster but I’m afraid that’s what he’ll be encouraged to do yet again.

  15. dkhhuey says: Nov 11, 2013 3:17 PM

    Muschamp is in this third year and in reality, can’t blame Urban for his problems any more – this is all on him and he seems to be folding like a dollar store lawn chair. Flounder Hoke seems to find himself in the same situation as well!

  16. gatorfan1 says: Nov 11, 2013 3:34 PM

    As a gator fan I tend to disagree about Muschamp. In 2 out of 3 years he lost his starting qb. The one year he had a healthy qb he went 11-2.

    If there has been 1 mistake by Foley it is hiring coaches at a major university with no head coaching experience. If he does go in another direction, I hope he hires an experienced coach. I think it’s hard asking a new coach to take over a major program like Florida.

    If you look around Fisher has had basically 5 years to get FSU back to national prominence. Two years as CIW and 3 as head coach. Finally, I just would like to remindpeople that as early as last year FSU fans wanted to dump Fisher after the Florida loss saying he could never win a big game. And Miami fans have been bitching about having to take a coach from Temple to run the Miami program. If gicen enough time I believe Muschamp will become an outstanding coach for many years, but it might take another couple of years!

  17. Deb says: Nov 11, 2013 3:42 PM

    @gatorfan1 …

    Hope you turn out to be right about Muschamp, as I like to see all SEC teams be as competitive as possible. As you said, he did seem to have them in a good place during that 11-2 season, but those negative comments about fans this year put me off somewhat. The difficult thing about coaching is that few guys are allowed a lot of time to get their acts together–especially not in the SEC.

  18. texasbornlsufan says: Nov 11, 2013 5:04 PM

    I’m not a Gator fan in no form or fashion!!!!
    I will say this and it’s why I don’t say much on sites like this “If your not held accountable anyone can have a opinion”.
    I’m sure that is what Muschamp means about not caring what fans think. It’s not your job on the line every week people it’s his!!!

  19. florida727 says: Nov 11, 2013 7:35 PM

    I know I must be missing something, so maybe one of you kind posters can help me out. He “inherited a rebuilding project”, right? Then how did he go 11-2 under such adverse conditions LAST YEAR?

    Wasn’t a fan of his hiring then. Not a fan of him now. Don’t know the man personally. Could be a great guy. I still think it’ll go down in Gator football lore that the day we let Charlie Strong go to Louisville will be a day we’d like to hit the delete key on and start over.

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