Will Muschamp endured a rugged first season as head coach at Florida. So what better way to distract the notoriously heated defensive maestro from rebuilding the Gators than by forcing upon him civic duty?
Sitting among a room of Gators, Seminoles and Hurricanes fans probably grated on him. The monotony of legalese. The stupidity of his counterparts. The smirk on that prosecutor.
There’s nothing Will Muschamp’s done or coached on a football field that doesn’t have a direct correlation in life.
Keep a spy on a mobile quarterback? His kids are the quarterback, his CIA-approved man-nanny the spy.
Recruit wide, strong, nasty defensive linemen? Sounds like a night out for ‘ole Willie in college, trolling Athens bars for his future wife.
Absolutely detest the idea of a scat back? He changed the “fight or flight” mantra to his own, “fight or fight.”
Listening to a judge give him instructions (which didn’t include any “BOOM MOTHERF*CKER” reference) likely allowed him a bit of down time to recall how far he’s come, how badly he wanted this job. Tutelage under Nick Saban at LSU and with the Dolphins hardens a man’s resolve and teaches him everything there is to know about the Cover-2.
A relationship with the folksy Tommy Tuberville at Auburn kept him grounded, he’d realized the NFL wasn’t for him and he quickly re-enrolled at college. Whether Muschamp’s got a bit of Chris Farley from “Tommy Boy” in him, we’ll never know but it’s true that lots of people go to college for seven years.
Then came the Mack Brown service, a lesson in politics and being handed the keys to a college football program but with training wheels on the car. Muschamp’s head-coach-in-waiting tag disappeared the moment Colt McCoy left the 2009 BCS National Championship game. He was never getting the job in Austin, at least not on his own timeline. So he weathered a disastrous 2010 on the 40 Acres, benefited from Urban Meyer‘s health and family obligations, then indirectly snapped at the now-Ohio State head coach for leaving a litany of problem athletes.
Florida, like Texas, is revamping one of the top three programs and coincidentally, Muschamp played and plays a major role at both.
If he can ever leave this damn courtroom, he’ll be back to asking first-year offensive coordinator Brent Pease whether his daughter throws passes like that.
Then again, maybe Will just needed the time away.