The Florida Gators football team is in the midst of one of its worst seasons in recent memory. With a record of 4-5, and a trip to a postseason bowl game unlikely, head coach Will Muschamp has been put through the ringer the past couple of weeks by the media and angry fans alike.
However, athletic director Jeremy Foley remained steadfast in his commitment to Muschamp as the right choice to lead the program into the future.
“As athletic director, I’m a thousand percent convinced that Will Muschamp is the guy to lead this football program,” Foley told GatorZone’s Scott Carter. “Nothing has changed in what we feel about Will Muschamp from the day we hired him.”
Muschamp is in his third season as head coach, has a record of 22-13 and is 13-10 in the SEC. He is 1-1 in bowl games, including a loss in the Sugar Bowl last season following a 11-1 finish in the regular season.
“We have a history of being successful, we have a history of fixing things when they need to be fixed, and that is what is going to happen here, and Coach Muschamp is the one that will fix it,” Foley went on to say.
The Gators struggles this season are somewhat understandable. Florida has suffered a rash of injuries, losing 10 players for the season, including seven starters. The Gators need to win two of their final three games to become bowl-eligible.
With Foley’s endorsement, it seems the only circumstance under which Muschamp might still risk losing his job is if Florida was somehow unable to take care of business against FCS opponent, Georgia Southern, or gets blown out by both South Carolina and Florida State.
This does not mean that major changes won’t occur for the Gators in the offseason. At the very least, Muschamp will likely have to overhaul his offensive staff, mainly replace offensive coordinator Brent Pease. The former Boise State coordinator has been a complete flop in his two years at Florida. The Gators ranked 97th in the country in total offense in 2012 and currently rank 111th in the country this season.
So for now, Foley’s words serve as a way to sort of call off the dogs, so to speak. And in the meantime, frustrated Florida fans will have to remain patient as Muschamp works to get the program back to its historically winning ways.
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