The season for Florida has been one to forget for Gators fans, as they have lost eight players to injury for the season and have seen the attrition show on the field with four losses entering Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt.
However, few could have anticipated the season bottoming out in such awful fashion as it did in The Swamp against the ‘Dores, who beat Florida for the first time since 1988 and all but clinches the Gators have a losing season.
Barring a miraculous win at South Carolina or against Florida State, the Gators will not be in a bowl game. In fact, this is the first time since Oct. 9, 1992 that Florida has even had a losing record, and that should cost Will Muschamp his job.
The easy response to Saturday’s loss would be that his time is up, and losing to Vanderbilt in Gainesville is inexcusable, no matter how many starters are out with injury. Even worse is that Vanderbilt started their backup quarterback, Patton Robinette, and were still able to win.
When you have a worse record than Ron Zook at this point in your tenure at Florida, your hot seat is reaching surface of the sun temperatures. Sure, he didn’t play with a full deck for much of this season, but even with it, the offense he put out on Saturday’s game was atrocious. When you’re accustomed to winning, and winning with prolific offenses, whether it’s under Steve Spurrier or Urban Meyer, and you enter the Vandy game with the No. 109 passing offense and No. 105 scoring offense, you have to go.
Muschamp can recruit well, but any coach in the fertile recruiting ground of the Sunshine State can pick up four and five-star recruits relatively easy, but he can’t develop and offensive talent. Offensive coordinator Brent Pease may be the scapegoat if Muschamp is given a pass due to the injuries, but he’s best served as a defensive coordinator or a head coach at program without the expectations the Gators are accustomed to.
Florida needs to pursue Charlie Strong and bring him back to Gainesville, because Muschamp is not the man for the job.
Patrick’s a college football writer for Rant Sports and radio host on Sportstownchicago.com. Follow him on Twitter @PatrickASchmidt and Google and email him at SchmidtPatrick@gmail.com for media inquiries.