Florida Gators head coach Will Muschamp has been thrown into the hot seat lately, and rightfully so, as his team’s win-loss ratio has been steadily declining this season. The Gators are 4-5 and will suffer a losing season for the first time since 1979 if they can’t beat either South Carolina or Florida State.
Florida hit rock bottom last week, losing to Vanderbilt at home for the first time since 1945. Following the 34-17 Homecoming loss, the Gators are now below .500 for the first time at any point during a season since 1992.
There’s no doubt 2013 has been a historically bad season in The Swamp, and Gators fans, among others, have been waiting for the dreaded vote of confidence from the AD.
Well, it came today.
Despite the tough season, one thing that apparently isn’t declining is UF athletics director Jeremy Foley’s support of Muschamp, who was named head coach in December 2010. With three regular-season games remaining in his third season, he is 22-13 overall. But half those wins came during last season, which sits sandwiched between two mediocre campaigns.
Still, Foley said Wednesday he is fully committed to Muschamp 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 said inside his office at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. “Nothing has changed in what we feel about Will Muschamp from the day we hired him.”
He went on to say more about the university’s belief in Muschamp.
“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.”
UF President Bernie Machen joined Foley in support of Muschamp.
“I want the Gator Nation to know that I have full confidence in Coach Muschamp and his leadership of the football program,’’ Machen said.
The question: If Muschamp isn’t going anywhere, then what about the Florida football team, exactly, will be fixed?
One of the major obstacles this season has been injuries to key players. Without becoming a doctor, Muschamp has absolutely no control of his team’s medical status. The other glaring deficiency has been on offense.
Next in line to the chopping block is the rest of Muschamp’s coaching staff. Considering the abysmal performance by Florida’s offense this season, the shakeup is likely to start, but likely not end, with offensive coordinator Brent Pease.
However, if this team keeps sinking farther into the muddy waters around Gainesville, you have to wonder how long this good faith from the UF administration will last for Muschamp.