Just when everyone thinks it can’t get any worse for the Florida Gators and head coach Will Muschamp, it does.
After Saturday’s 42-13 loss to the Missouri Tigers, Muschamp’s hot seat has been burnt to cinders.
It isn’t simply that the Gators lost; its how they lost.
Missouri scored 42 points despite only 119 total yards of offense. The Tigers scored courtesy of a kickoff return, punt return, fumble return and interception return.
Tension is clearly building within Florida’s athletic department after such a decisive win by Missouri.
With no visible improvement on the offensive side of the football, it may be time to pull the plug on Muschamp’s tenure. It clearly hasn’t worked despite a Sugar Bowl appearance two years ago.
The primary problems for Muschamp stem from the coaching staff’s inability to develop a legitimate starting quarterback. Against Missouri, Jeff Driskel and Treon Harris combined to complete 15 of 31 passes for 148 yards and five turnovers.
Meanwhile, the rest of the team turned Missouri’s Marcus Murphy into a star. The senior running back returned a kick and a punt for a touchdown and rushed for a third score.
Now the Gators must lick their wounds after a 3-3 start as they enter a bye week. It won’t get any easier when the No. 10 Georgia Bulldogs travel to Gainesville for this year’s rendition of the “World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.”
The question remains: Will the Gators still be led by Muschamp when they take the field Nov. 1?