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Will Muschamp says control not a problem at Florida

Will Muschamp

Florida is coming off one of the worst seasons seen in Gainesville in some time, and it is not solely because the rival Seminoles from Florida State ended the season celebrating a BCS national championship. The Gators ended the season with a record of 4-8, the first losing season since going 0-10-1 in 1979 and missing out on the postseason for the first time since 1990. The offense stunk. The defense struggled in key moments. Did Will Muschamp quickly lose grip of the reigns of the Florida program? Not if you ask Muschamp.

“When we won 11 games (two years ago), my energy and passion were my strength,” Muschamp told The Orlando Sentinel this week. “Now that we went 4-8, we’re out of control.”

Muschamp’s comment was in reaction to quotes from a former Florida player, Jonothan Harrison, suggesting players let tempers boil over and Muschamp was unable to calm things down before fighting between players would break out. Florida became a bit of a punching bag last season, a year after winning 11 games and playing in the Sugar Bowl, but Muschamp understands how the college football world turns.

“When you’re 4-8, people are going to take shots at your program,” Muschamp said. “I understand that.”

Florida is not likely to stay down for very long, although Muschamp does have some work to do to get the Gators chomping again.

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16 Responses to “Will Muschamp says control not a problem at Florida”
  1. kaspauf says: Apr 25, 2014 3:09 PM

    This will be the big measuring stick to see if this team has it together, a tough schedule but this team/talent can do better than 4-8.

  2. thefiesty1 says: Apr 25, 2014 4:11 PM

    If Muschamp has another losing season this year he will be gone and Charlie Strong will be a one year wonder at Texas.

  3. jpiro says: Apr 25, 2014 4:19 PM

    Three guaranteed losses on the schedule in BAMA, LSU & FSU. UF will probably split with USCe, UGA, Tenn, Mizzou, Vandy & Kentucky. That’s a likelt 3-6 until you factor in Idaho, E. Mich & E. Kentucky for a 6-6 finish.

    Hooray Gators, thanks to three patsys, Kentucky, Tenn & maybe Tenn you could be bowl eligible this year!

  4. auburntigers34 says: Apr 25, 2014 4:57 PM

    at least UF’s patsies come out of conference. if they were in the B!G, they could have 5 or 6 easy wins….just by playing their conference schedule.

  5. mcjon22 says: Apr 25, 2014 5:30 PM

    It’s great…to be…. A Four and Eighter

  6. blacknole08 says: Apr 25, 2014 5:55 PM

    Wusschamp is right. Not Winning is the problem at Florida.

  7. psl1196 says: Apr 25, 2014 7:16 PM

    @fiesty

    Only a gator would think that Charlie Strong would want to leave Texas for UF or that UF could afford to buy him out. Classic gator mentality

  8. gatorfan1 says: Apr 25, 2014 11:25 PM

    psl1196:

    Don’t know if you are an arrogant Texas fan or not. If so, although a good choice, Strong was not the # 1 choice! Probably 3rd or 4th.

    If not a fan, remember, Florida is considered one of the top jobs in the country. When Meyer was the hottest coach in the country, Florida out recruited Notre Dame for his services. Notre Dame!

    Enough said and thanks for playing.

  9. overratedgators says: Apr 26, 2014 9:06 AM

    Gator Fan Logic:

    – When Meyer was at Florida, we out-recruited Notre Dame! Ergo, the coaching job here is considered one of the top jobs in the country!

    –The only reason we went 4-8 last year is because Meyer left the cupboard bare!

    Seems to me that maybe all those prized recruits were coming for Meyer, rather than Florida. And I hate to break it to you, but he’s not coming back.

  10. gatorfan1 says: Apr 26, 2014 10:31 AM

    Overrated Gators:

    It would be nice if you actually made sense. Try English next time.

    My point was, we out recruited Notre Dame for Meyer, nothing about player recruiting. Try to catch up with your reading comprehension!

    Go read any publication about college football jobs and Florida is consistently mentioned at the top.

    Never said anything about Meyer coming back or leaving cupboard bare. But since you mentioned it, you may have heard of a guy named Spurrier before Meyer. You don’t seem to intelligent so maybe not!

    Also, several years ago Florida had the most wins of any Div I team since 1990. Close to a quarter of a century of most wins or in the top 2 or 3. That would qualify it as one of the top programs, and your feeble attempt to say otherwise says a lot about your intelligence or lack thereof.

    Nice try though! Facts suck huh!!

  11. mianfr says: Apr 26, 2014 10:59 AM

    Can we talk about how Lloyd Carr won a National Championship (sort of… Times were tricky then but it still counts in almost every book) but was still asked to resign after losing to Appalachian State and playing a season so disappointing they got to play in and win a New Year’s Day Bowl Game (against Florida, no less), while Muschamp has effectively done nothing, blew a chance at being bowl eligible despite having about the easiest slate an SEC team can have by losing to an FCS team?

    I don’t like to comment on other people’s jobs, but he’s not the man right now to take Florida where they want to go.

  12. psl1196 says: Apr 26, 2014 1:55 PM

    @gatorfan1:

    Thanks for proving my point, exclamation points and all. You guys sure have an impressive group of coaches rumored to be interested in the open job every three to five years.

    Curiously you argue that Strong would be looking to leave Texas because he wasn’t their first choice. Would that bother him more than being passed over by UF multiple times despite having been on the staff there?

  13. gatorfan1 says: Apr 26, 2014 6:04 PM

    psl1196:

    Do people on this board have reading problems! First overratedgators and now you.

    Where in my post did it say anything about us pursuing Strong, or for that matter, him leaving Texas for Florida in the future?

    I was pointing out, that if Texas is such a great job, why was Strong hired AFTER other people declined the offer.

    God we have an awful educational system. I certainly hope you didn’t graduate from college. Geesh!

  14. psl1196 says: Apr 27, 2014 12:50 AM

    My mistake. I wrongly assumed your post supporting a post that predicted Charlie Strong would be the UF coach next season meant you thought UF would pursue him, he’d leave Texas, and be the UF coach next season. My apologies. In my defense, you did attack me for posting that it would ridiculous to think Strong would leave Texas for UF.

    10/5/2013

  15. g2-cb279c3c2074469a6989a1474fd4824b says: Apr 29, 2014 1:14 PM

    For the ignorant non gators calling for Muschamps head, where were you when he was 11-2 and nearly in the championship game just the year before last? Muschamp was 11-1 in the regular season in 2013 and SEC coach of the year with another coaches players. In fact his second half adjustments led many, including sports center, to call him a genius. We were #3 in the country and a game or two from a slot in the NC game as I recall. Not too many calls for his head then. If you would not have been happy with 8-4 or 9-3 this year even with the injuries then so be it, you want WM out no matter what and I can understand that. But please tell me… What coach are you all proposing that would have been able to coach this year’s team with over 25 starting players missing at least a game including 12 starters out for the year such as a starting QB and second string QB, leaving you with a 4th string QB (remember Brisset left!), season ending injuries to your best receiver and kick returner, season ending injuries to your defensive lineman and best player on the team Easley, season ending injuries to two linebackers who were your leading tacklers, season ending injuries to your top DB, season ending injuries to two more starting OL, season ending injuries to two more starting DL and another DB suspended just for good measure? Do you know how many of our 22 starters played every game? 5! Yes, 5. And we lost a leading play-maker in the first half of the FSU game just for good measure. Tell me. Who is this coaching mastermind that is out there, just drooling to come to UF that could have coached this decimated Gator team to even a winning record this year? I am just dying to hear your wise choices. Even the revered Bobby Bowden defends Will. As Bobby said “You try coaching with no QB. I have and it is not fun”. I was not a fan of WM’s offense last year either and you can argue he is too stubborn to change, but there is NO coach out there right now that is genius enough to have put a winning program on the field with that level of injury last year. And please do not give me the dumb argument that his is still Florida and their talent is deep enough. No PRO team is deep enough to escape a season in good shape with this level of injury, let along the Gators. If there are some things I really hold WM accountable for it is the lack of discipline on his team the last 3 years, as we have been at the bottom of all schools in penalties. And we fumble too much and at key times. Now THAT needs to be fixed because 4 years of no discipline gets many coaches fired. Also that Ga Southern loss sticks in my throat even though we know now our 4th string QB was injured and could not lift his arm above his shoulders. Ga. Southern still had a bunch of players out also. WM gets one more year, maybe 2, and then we can talk if he still loses with a healthy team. Foley is making the right call for the above reasons. We kept a top SEC D all year even with the injuries, do not forget that. Remember, when Will goes so does a top D and loads of recruits. Do not forget WM is a great recruiter as he has had 2 top 5 classes and this year’s class is excellent. Considering all the injuries we faced, we only lost to LSU by 11, UGA by 3, and SC by 5. We were basically un-watchable on offense, away from the swamp, down to 2nd, 3rd strings, and walk-ons, and still managed to keep the scores close. This team is one solid/ good OC away from returning to its dominant form and may have that in Roper. As long as Muschamp stays 1000yds away from the offense, we should be fine.

  16. wolfman55h says: Apr 30, 2014 12:59 PM

    Fired man walking!

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