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Jimbo Fisher: You can’t judge a person (Muschamp) on one season

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Fresh off his team’s victory over Idaho on Saturday, Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher took the time to give some support to embattled Florida coach Will Muschamp.

“Will’s a heck of a football coach and a good guy,” Fisher said. “You have injuries and things that go on. You can’t judge a person on one season. Will’s a heck of a football coach. He’s a great friend, but he’s a heck of a football coach. I’ve coached with him. He does a great job at Florida. I’ll guarantee you this: They’ll be ready to play when we go down there next week. I know that.”

The two coached together at Auburn in the mid-1990s and at LSU in the early-2000s, so perhaps Fisher’s support is to be expected. But there’s no doubt that the last thing the Seminoles want right now is for the Gators to have a healthy program, especially with FSU on the verge of dominating recruiting in the Sunshine State. So maybe it’s in Fisher’s best interest for Muschamp to remain in Gainesville.

Besides, Muschamp has had three seasons at Florida. He was 7-6 in his first year, 11-2 last year and it looks like he’ll finish 4-8 this year.

Seems to me like the one outlier in this record is 2012. So, maybe Fisher is right that you can’t judge Muschamp on one year. It’s just that the year in question should be 2012, not 2013.

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21 Responses to “Jimbo Fisher: You can’t judge a person (Muschamp) on one season”
  1. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 24, 2013 10:57 PM

    Jimbo always the nice guy ha. He wants Muschamp to stay so that he can destroy him beyond this payback from last year that’s coming up Saturday.

  2. jdbaker01 says: Nov 24, 2013 11:06 PM

    If jimbo likes him so much then he shouldnt hang 70+ pts on FL nxt wk.

  3. stoicpaisano says: Nov 24, 2013 11:11 PM

    Fisher don’t want Boom to stuff him on his share of the beach house payments.

  4. stoicpaisano says: Nov 24, 2013 11:16 PM

    “Will’s a heck of a football coach and a good guy,” Fisher said.


    This reads like Bret Hart’s El Dandy interview (a real jam-up guy).

    Who are you to doubt Boom Muschamp???

  5. sportsguy3434 says: Nov 25, 2013 1:37 AM

    Exactly…which year. The two contract extensions are killing them now.

  6. boomgrounder says: Nov 25, 2013 2:10 AM

    That’s nice Jimbo. Now go put 70 on the Gators in the Swamp next Saturday so Foley will send Willie MuskRAT back to his hole!

  7. kdbroom says: Nov 25, 2013 7:12 AM

    Interpretation….”I need WM to hang around so I can clean up on the best recruits.”

  8. crazycane says: Nov 25, 2013 7:46 AM

    “I agree, Will should get as many chances as he wants to right this ship”

    – Al Golden


  9. alligatorsnapper says: Nov 25, 2013 8:02 AM

    Somehow, no matter how many opponent coaches vouch for Boom, I think the UF boosters, trustees, and fans are putting some pressure on the AD to be looking elsewhere. The ball is rolling, if it continues it soon will be an avalanche which cannot be stopped. The beginning of the end for Boom’s tenure with the Gators may well have started.

  10. dcroz says: Nov 25, 2013 8:03 AM

    Having the coach of your biggest rival give you support is like the executioner saying that you have a lovely neck.

  11. benvincible says: Nov 25, 2013 8:45 AM

    2014 FLA recruiting order is as follows:

    1) FLA St.

    2) Miami

    3) UCF

    4) USF

    5!) UF !

    = Unreal !

  12. gorilladunk says: Nov 25, 2013 8:45 AM

    What coach EVER rips another coach whose teams are struggling? Spurrier took his shots at FSU, but that was at a time when FSU was a formidable rival. The coaching fraternity is fairly tight. Hell, I even heard Stoops say this year that he had some sympathy for Mack amid all the brouhaha in Austin. But really, how does Florida lose to Ga. Southern? You’d think the Gators walk-ons should be able to handle an FCS team!

  13. raysfan1 says: Nov 25, 2013 9:38 AM

    You can’t have an “outlier” without a statistically significant trend. Three season records, each separated by 3-4 wins, is three data points only. There is no trend, hence no outlier–and that’s without mentioning three data points is a ridiculously small sample size.

    No, don’t try bringing up statistics in this case. It is enough to say UF has underperformed its talent level even when taking the injuries into account. UF for that reason would be justified in firing Muschamp. (However, coaches with a $9M buyout do not usually get fired, so watch all the offensive assistants get axed instead.)

  14. dhardy8207 says: Nov 25, 2013 10:47 AM

    It will be interesting to see how this all works out. @ Normtide made an interesting point about this on another thread; “with USC and possibly UT having head coaching gigs open, would it be a smart move to fire him now and try to compete with those programs for the best available candidate out there?”

    Anyhoo, hate to see anyone lose their job, but I do agree that the university will bid him ado before they lose big alumni/fan support….

  15. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 25, 2013 10:51 AM

    They will bid him adieu after this shellacking coming up. Buyout or not. Bet they would love to have Chuck Strong back..

  16. modhairken says: Nov 25, 2013 12:43 PM

    I don’t understand how anyone can support Muschamp coming back. Hall, Darnell, Spurrier, Zook, Meyer — none had a losing season. First time no bowl since 1990s. Lost at home to Vandy. Lost at home to Ga Southern. The team quit because the Coach’s message is phony.

    “We need to do a better job of coaching” has been the refrain for the entire season. Yet Muschamp is doing worse.

    I will contribute to the buyout. Foley, please don’t wait another year. It will set us back more because we are going to get killed in recruiting. Muschamp is a lame duck Coach.

  17. blacknole08 says: Nov 25, 2013 12:53 PM

    LOL dcroz. I needed that laugh.

    I will thoroughly enjoy hearing all the boos and continuous calls to fire Muschamp after we hang 70+ on these guys.

  18. gogatorsjohn says: Nov 25, 2013 1:07 PM

    Watch this be a close game.

  19. dhardy8207 says: Nov 25, 2013 1:20 PM

    @ Mr.Wright212:

    You must be cautious with rivalries. Yes they are a beat up team and FSU is on top within the sunshine state. However, rivalries usually bring out the best in teams especially with nothing to lose. UF already knows their season is over, but FSU has much to lose and NOTHING sooths the pain of a losing season than knocking off you rival.. Hence the reason BAMA fans are not dismissing Auburn and before anyone attacks this, yes I know UF in no way compares with the battle chickens’ team this season.

    You just can’t underestimate a team (as beat up as they may be) that has absoluetly nothing to lose!

  20. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 25, 2013 1:28 PM

    In other situations, that may be true.

    Not this year. UF has nothing on either side of the football. That whole “rivalry” line didn’t work for Miami, it definitely won’t work here. If EJ were still here, then I would entertain everything you just said.

    Now? Not so.

  21. pinchegringo12 says: Nov 26, 2013 4:50 PM

    Think univ o’ tx regrets he isnt coach in waiting….nah, one of the bright spots in their program. Rip Mush and Mack

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