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Report: Muschamp to return as Gators coach in 2014

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For those Gator Nation denizens hoping a historically embarrassing loss Saturday would lead to a change at head coach, you’ll be sorely disappointed.  Reportedly.

Citing a source close to the football program, the Orlando Sentinel reported Sunday afternoon that Will Muschamp will return as Florida’s head coach in 2014.  The report comes less than 24 hours after a home loss to FCS-level Georgia Southern, the latest in a series of embarrassments for the program.

While admittedly wracked with myriad injuries, Florida is in the midst of a six-game losing streak that’s the Gators’ longest since 1979.  They will also finish the year with their worst record since that same season, with only a date with No. 2 Florida State standing between them and a 4-8 season in Muschamp’s third year in Gainesville.  Additionally, for the first time since 1991, the Gators won’t be bowling in the offseason.

Part of the reason behind the apparent decision to move forward with Muschamp is athletic director Jeremy Foley‘s fervent commitment to the coach.  Another could be a buyout that’s just south of $9 million, a sum that’s prohibitive even for a well-heeled athletic department like UF.

Change is, though, in the offing.

The Sentinel wrote that “significant changes to Muschamp’s coaching staff are expected” given all that’s transpired this season.  While no specifics were mentioned in the report, it’s safe to assume that no offensive coach, up to and including coordinator Brent Pease, is safe.

In the second season under Pease, the Gators are 105th in passing offense (176 yards per game), 111th in total offense (327.9 ypg) and 110th in scoring offense (19.9 points per game).  Florida is dead last in the SEC in the latter two categories, and ahead of just Arkansas in the former.

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37 Responses to “Report: Muschamp to return as Gators coach in 2014”
  1. modhairken says: Nov 24, 2013 3:05 PM

    Clearly, Muschamp has pictures of Foley and a goat.

  2. kinggator says: Nov 24, 2013 3:12 PM

    The $9 million will seem like peanuts when The Swamp is half full and the big donors voice their displeasure with Muschamp and Foley with their checkbooks. He lost to Georgia Southern at home – he should have quit & left town last night. (And offered to reimburse UF for this year’s salary) What a joke!

  3. modhairken says: Nov 24, 2013 3:15 PM

    Hey, recruits, don’t waste 2 years. Muschamp will be fired in 2014. New coachbin 2015 may not want you or may run a different system that doesn’t fit you.
    Come to (fill in the blank).


    Jimbo Fisher
    Mark Richt
    Al Golden
    Nick Saban
    Steve Spurrier

  4. lbijake says: Nov 24, 2013 3:22 PM

    Be great if Foley went for Lane Kiffin. The vitriol would be unsurpassed.

  5. halbert53 says: Nov 24, 2013 3:26 PM

    If Muschamp had any class he would negotiate a resignation with reasonable severance pay so UF can move on.

    And since Foley was stupid enough to sign off on such a contract with Muschamp he should go to.

  6. soundsofsuccess7 says: Nov 24, 2013 3:30 PM

    Lol what

  7. realfootballfan says: Nov 24, 2013 3:33 PM

    I’ve always heard that Meyer wasn’t even Foley’s call, so why’s his job so secure? If that’s the case, his two hires were Muschamp and Zook.

  8. blacknole08 says: Nov 24, 2013 3:34 PM

    Gators are commited to failure.

  9. classyjacklambert says: Nov 24, 2013 3:38 PM

    That is terrible. Sorry gator fans.

  10. firejackdelrionow says: Nov 24, 2013 3:39 PM

    If it was a black coach he would’ve been fired…. No questions asked….Cue the insecure white people….

  11. georgiagator says: Nov 24, 2013 3:46 PM

    Muschamp stated after the game that calling pass plays killed the drive late in the 2nd half. He’s throwing Pease under the bus for calling pass plays. Has he looked at the drive summaries of the game. Both of UF’s touchdowns were pass plays. Clearly Muschamp is disillusioned by the productivity of the run game. If this is coming from him then why isn’t he the one on the hot seat?

    What a joke. Look at the teams that put up more yardage and points on Georgia Southern… Wofford, Chattanooga, Samford, Citadel, and Appalachian State. Even Elon had as much yardage and points. Who’s Elon??? Talent??? Seriously??? COACHING!!!

  12. classyjacklambert says: Nov 24, 2013 3:51 PM

    Um… That’s the dumbest post I’ve ever read firejackdelrionow.
    A very secure white person that thinks you’re a racist moron.

  13. georgiagator says: Nov 24, 2013 3:51 PM

    after reading this article Georgia fans are celebrating!!!

  14. cometkazie says: Nov 24, 2013 3:52 PM

    realfootballfan says:
    Nov 24, 2013 3:33 PM
    I’ve always heard that Meyer wasn’t even Foley’s call, so why’s his job so secure? If that’s the case, his two hires were Muschamp and Zook.

    Joe Dean hired Curley and Gerry, then hit it big with Nick.

    Maybe the third time’s a charm?

  15. jhagman99 says: Nov 24, 2013 4:04 PM

    “I’ve always heard that Meyer wasn’t even Foley’s call”

    It wasn’t. Bernie Machen (UF President) brought him aboard.

  16. normtide says: Nov 24, 2013 4:04 PM

    Once again, stop giving extensions after one good season! This backfires about 95% of the time.

  17. kdbroom says: Nov 24, 2013 4:07 PM

    Joe Dean didn’t hire Nick Saban. Mark Emmert interviewed and personally selected Saban. He then told Joe Dean NOT to negotiate, but to pay him whatever it took to get him.

  18. firejackdelrionow says: Nov 24, 2013 4:10 PM

    You’re just mad because u know it’s true…. No need to be offended….everyone knows that’s how it goes in college football….Don’t act like u don’t know that…. And u do sound pretty insecure to me with the name calling…. I’m not racist by the way, just pointing out the truth….

  19. firejackdelrionow says: Nov 24, 2013 4:17 PM

    U mad bro????

  20. classyjacklambert says: Nov 24, 2013 4:21 PM

    Ha no, I’m not mad. I just think that anyone that unnecessarily brings up race in an attempt to inflame other commentators into a reaction is a racist, especially when they have no factual evidence to back up their statements. The fact that you are an incendiary racist makes you a moron in my opinion. But no, I’m not mad bro. Just disappointed.

  21. firejackdelrionow says: Nov 24, 2013 4:40 PM

    How can u say there is no fact to my statement???? Black coaches are fired all the time while white coaches get chance after chance….I’m not a racist by any stretch….I’m just stating what I see going on in sports….not trying to start a race war or anything….but white people always get so mad when race is involved or thrown into the conversation…. Hmmmmm….I wonder why????

  22. overratedgators says: Nov 24, 2013 4:48 PM

    “Concurrently, sources also say that Florida will be move into the FCS in 2014, so they can face competition more suited to their level of play. ‘Georgia Southern turned out to be 60 minutes of thrilling football that challenged our team. We look forward to facing more similar competition in the coming years,’ said Coach Muschamp in a statement, ‘Now you know why we never play non-conference games outside the state of Florida. Home games against teams like Eastern Michigan, Miami of Ohio, and Louisiana-Monroe are just about all the stress we can handle!'”

  23. seachicken64 says: Nov 24, 2013 4:55 PM

    modhairken – what gives you the idea that a goat would want to have its way with Jeremy Foley? I heard the goats down there preferred Tebow.

  24. richiesnotincognegro says: Nov 24, 2013 4:56 PM


  25. classyjacklambert says: Nov 24, 2013 4:56 PM

    Give me a couple of examples to prove your theory, Joker Phillips was given a bunch of chances to succeed at Kentucky, but eventually ran out. Ty Willingham had not one school but two give him several chances and he failed at both places. Meanwhile Derek Dooley didn’t even get a third year in before getting the boot. Race has nothing to do with coaching changes, wins are really all that matter. If the AD found a Himalayan midget that smelled of onions but could make Vanderbilt an 11 win team, that stinky little guy would be one of the most sought after entities in CFB. Your argument is just silly and petty and you obviously have insecurity issues.

  26. modhairken says: Nov 24, 2013 5:01 PM

    Losing to Georgia Southern was the lowest point. Hard to top 1st losing season since ’79, missing bowl, losing to Vandy.

    BUT TODAY IS WORSE. Foley said FU to every UF fan.

    I’m done with UF football. No more $, not attending any more games.

    Recruits, go elsewhere. Don’t waste your college career on a school with an AD who does not care.

  27. cometkazie says: Nov 24, 2013 5:15 PM

    kdbroom says:
    Nov 24, 2013 4:07 PM
    Joe Dean didn’t hire Nick Saban. Mark Emmert interviewed and personally selected Saban. He then told Joe Dean NOT to negotiate, but to pay him whatever it took to get him.
    After the Curley and Gerry show, Emmert probably didn’t trust him and that may have been a good idea.

    A news article when Dean passed away gave him credit, but I suspect you are correct.

    Good observation.

  28. jimbo75025 says: Nov 24, 2013 5:30 PM

    Maybe its just me, but I’m thinking that the Texas and USC jobs potentially being open after this year might play a part. I’m sure UF would prefer to have their “pick” than to have to compete against 2 other top 10 jobs.

    If (big if) within a week or two, USC hires Orgeron and Texas announces Mack is going to stick around then perhaps I see Foley changing his tune.

    The worry for UF is if the program slides even further next year-then you have a huge hole that is going to take 5 years to get out of.

  29. dcroz says: Nov 24, 2013 7:15 PM

    Translation: Charlie Strong, Dan Mullen, and Steve Addazio all said “no.”

    I said it when Muschamp was hired: Florida is not a job for someone who has never had a head coaching gig before. There are far too many expectations and pressures for someone who has never run a team on his own to have to handle in addition to figuring out what being a head coach means. Foley may change his mind if the Gators get destroyed against FSU this weekend, but he’d better hope the offense improves dramatically in the first few games next season, because Florida has a trip to Tuscaloosa early in the year that could quickly become a referendum on both Muschamp’s AND Foley’s jobs.

  30. normtide says: Nov 24, 2013 8:48 PM

    I still think he is fired at years end. I don’t trust “reports” that leak out at a time like this. I am pretty sure Charlie Strong will at least get a shot at this job. If he wants it us the only question.

    Let’s be real though. How many high level, proven coaches are there to be hired? And please don’t mention Gruden. A pro coach only takes a college job if he can’t get a pro one. I doubt his potential anyway. A program or two may draw a short straw.

  31. sportsguy3434 says: Nov 24, 2013 10:39 PM

    I was searching for the terms of his contract extension and found the article on this site last year and the feedback for Muschamp and Foley was interesting.

    Btw examples like this are just another reason I rarely fault a coach for leaving to take another job. Too many times when you are a hot name you have to leave because fans will turn on you in less than a season…take note James Franklin. Fans love you when you win and you are a dog and have to go when you loose. There is rarely loyalty from fans or schools.

  32. sportsguy3434 says: Nov 24, 2013 10:42 PM

  33. irishdodger says: Nov 25, 2013 1:32 AM


    Don’t sweat that race baiter, you beat his argument with facts. Let’s not also forget that Ron Zook was fired BeFORE he even finished his third year and I’m pretty confident he’s a white guy. Idiots like that fall victim to their circular logic. In other words, how can be racist when they fire a coach, but not racist when they originally hired that same coach? As you said, if the coach is a 300 LB female with green skin but wins championships, nobody cares.

  34. boomgrounder says: Nov 25, 2013 2:44 AM

    The Gators are Tennessee South in the SEC.

  35. ningenito78 says: Nov 25, 2013 10:36 PM

    @firejackdelrionow- you sound like a moron of epic proportions. Go watch the ‘Knockout Game’ on WorldStar Hip Hop and get off this message board you race baiting tool.

  36. mogogo1 says: Nov 26, 2013 10:36 AM

    Foley must want to end his career. Because if he doesn’t pull the plug now, Muschamp and him will both be leaving next season. You don’t think the boosters will spend all next year remembering how Foley demanded Muschamp stay?

  37. bfree2k says: Nov 27, 2013 12:43 AM

    To the posters responding to firejackdelrionow, you’re giving credence to his assertion of “insecure white people” by responding aren’t you? To irishdodger: you and the guy you’re are entitled to your opinion but not you’re own set of facts. Classyjacklambert’s “facts” as you call them are little more than partial truths. Joker Phillips was the 1 time coach of Kentucky for all of 3 years, hardly a “bunch” of chances. Ty Willingham coached 3 FBS programs at which only 1 was he unsuccessful (from a W-L standpoint) that being the U of Washington where he compiled a record of 11-37 over 5 years. Further, he is ND’s lone black coach. He also holds another ND coaching distinction; he’s the only ND coach not afforded the opportunity to complete his initial contract as the football coach even though his record after his third year, the year which he was fired was the same as his immediate predecessr and successor. Those two facts might just coincidence or may be cause to “hmmmmmm”. And lastly, Derek Dooley was fired at TN on November 18, 2012 which was well into his third (and least successful) year, not before his third year as he stated.

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