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Muschamp faces hot-seat talk head-on

Will Muschamp

Well, this might be a first.

Normally when the “hot seat” subject is broached with a head coach, or even an athletic director, the parties either dismiss it completely or quickly change the narrative.  Very, very rarely, if ever, do they actually acknowledge that phrase or let is spill off their lips.

To Will Muschamp‘s credit, he did exactly that earlier today.

Speaking to reporters at the SEC Media Days, Muschamp was asked a question regarding being on the hot seat entering the 2014 season.  The third-year head coach, at least outwardly, didn’t flinch.

“There will be a lot of chatter about hot seat business and that’s part of it,” Muschamp said. “The way you combat that is by having a winning football team and winning football games, which is what we’re going to do.”

Acknowledging the hot seat is nice and all, but it doesn’t change the fact that Muschamp enters this upcoming season on arguably the most toasty seat in the country.

Following an 11-win second season in Gainesville, the Gators hit rock-bottom in Muschamp’s third as UF tripped, stumbled and bumbled its way to an abysmal 4-8 record. It was the Gators’ worst record since 1979 and its first bowl-less season 1990.

The din for Muschamp’s head on a pike grew exponentially louder with each embarrassing loss — FCS Georgia Southern in The Swamp, anyone — so much so that athletic director Jeremy Foley was forced to give his beleaguered and embattled head coach a public “atta boy.” Foley stated he was “1,000-percent convinced” that Muschamp is the right man for the job, and the coach is returning for a fourth season.

Should 2014 play out even remotely similar to the way 2013, did however, there’s a 1,000-percent chance that Muschamp won’t get a fifth season and will instead be headed for the head-coaching unemployment line.

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16 Responses to “Muschamp faces hot-seat talk head-on”
  1. overratedgators says: Jul 14, 2014 7:26 PM

    Muschamp needs to stick around. Gator fans need a few more losing seasons to beat their outsized egos back into reality.

  2. swampcannons says: Jul 14, 2014 7:33 PM

    You should talk about outsized egos since you’re on every thread talking smack. Funny as well that you want to call out someone being overrated when you’re a PAC 12 fan. If I’m wrong by all means correct me but grow some stones and state who you’re for.

  3. mydixienormus says: Jul 14, 2014 8:31 PM

    I’m betting overrated gator isn’t a Pac-12 guy. He’s SEC or ACC for sure…

  4. sweepthleg says: Jul 14, 2014 11:58 PM

    Will Muschamp beat UF coach in 25 years. 0-3 vs Georgia. Long may he reign. I hope Jeff Driscoll gets a few more years of eligibility to.

  5. mikefoxtrottango says: Jul 15, 2014 10:18 AM

    wtf is that???

  6. deadeye says: Jul 15, 2014 10:55 AM

    Losing to UGA three straight seasons is worse than going 4-8, or losing to Georgia Southern.

    He will be fired if he goes 11-1 and loses to UGA a fourth straight time.

  7. jpiro says: Jul 15, 2014 11:09 AM

    They go 7-5 AT BEST this season, likely 6-6. The offense is still hot garbage and the the D will take a step backward.

  8. swampcannons says: Jul 15, 2014 1:42 PM

    AT BEST you don’t know what the hell you’re talking about.

  9. florida727 says: Jul 15, 2014 2:02 PM

    #sweepthleg, en ingles, por favor.

    22-16 isn’t acceptable under any circumstances, and if you discount the 11-2 season, that means in the other two he’s a combined 11-14.

    I don’t think his problem is “x” and “o” related. I think his personality, always yelling at the top of his lungs at every play and every player, is a turn-off. I think the kids that do accept a scholarship to Florida do so because of the school’s tradition, or they like their position coach, overlooking who steers the ship. Muschamp is a loose cannon, or at least he certainly plays one on TV.

    I didn’t like it when they hired him; I certainly won’t be dissappointed when he leaves. I’d never root for someone to lose their job, but I wouldn’t be sad to see him go elsewhere.

  10. jpiro says: Jul 15, 2014 2:41 PM

    swampcannons, your homerism is showing.

    Find this post in late November after FSU runs it up on you and you MIGHT be bowl eligible.

  11. swampcannons says: Jul 15, 2014 3:05 PM

    I’ll be here and we’ll see what happens. I’m not the homo predicting things.

  12. jpiro says: Jul 15, 2014 3:55 PM

    Ok, looking at their schedule: They beat Idaho, E Mich & Kentucky to start 3-0. They they get throttled by Bama, might lose to Tenn @Tenn, will lose to LSU and could lose to Missouri. They’re 4-3 at that point likely. They lose to UGA, beat Vandy, lose to USCe and are 5-5. Then they beat E Kentucky before FSU rolls them and they finish 6-6.

    You tell me where I’m wrong.

  13. mydixienormus says: Jul 15, 2014 3:59 PM


    Looks accurate to me.

    Question: At what point in this scenario, does Muschamp get fired?

    I say after they lose to S. Carolina… or maybe after they lose to UGA, again.


  14. jpiro says: Jul 15, 2014 5:26 PM

    I don’t think they can him mid-season unless he loses a major shocker (ie- one of the first three games or E. Kentucky).

    After that, I think 6-6 or under gets him fired, but 7-5 or better and he gets another year.

  15. mydixienormus says: Jul 15, 2014 5:29 PM

    My how the mighty have fallen.

    7-5 gets a coach at Florida another year?

    Kind of funny…

    I say he has to win 10 game to keep his job.

    Maybe 9 wins and a close game against FSU.

    Betting someone that UF has a new coach next year is easy money!

  16. swampcannons says: Jul 15, 2014 8:07 PM

    My thoughts are this:
    Every team you mentioned that’s a sure bet to beat UF (with exception of FSU) all have new QBs. That does make a difference. Having 12 starters out due to injuries makes a huge difference as well and barring any setbacks will be a much improved squad this season. Dixie, just because you have an unhealthy obsession with UF losing every single game doesn’t mean it’s going to happen. Like it or not UF pulled great recruits from the state of FL even after a dismal yr. Jpiro is obviously a FSU fan and is slightly more objective than you which says a lot. Muschamp being fired midseason is NOT going to happen no matter how much you pathetically wish for it. Get lost troll!!

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