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Florida Gators Lose to FCS Squad, Effectively Ending Will Muschamp’s Tenure

Will Muschamp

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It’s almost unfortunate that college football is a ‘what have you done for me lately?’ business. As with most head coaching jobs in sports, if you can’t steer a program or organization to success, you will not be given many opportunities to attempt to do so. Such is the case with Florida Gators head coach Will Muschamp who has been struggling in his third season with the school — losing to the Georgia Southern Eagles in week 13.

After his first two years at Florida, people were praising the head coach. Although he had just seven wins in his first season, including a Gator Bowl victory, he was on the right path in the post-Urban Meyer era.

In 2012, Muschamp silenced many, if there were any, critics, posting 11 wins and an appearance in a BCS bowl game. Although the Gators lost to the Louisville Cardinals in the Sugar Bowl, they were just one season away from greatness — or so it seemed.

Then came the 2013 season, Muschamp’s Gators lost an early in-state rivalry game against the Miami Hurricanes, but won four of the first five games to begin the year 4-1. Ranked in the Top 25 and looking like a premier team in the nation, the Gators had little cares in the world, that is, until their starting quarterback, Jeff Driskel, went down with an injury. Backup Tyler Murphy ended up winning the next two games, but that was just a tease heading into conference play against top opponents.

Florida has now lost six consecutive games after an ugly home loss to an FCS squad in Georgia Southern. Muschamp is just 3-3 at home this season and 1-4 on the road — that’s not the kind of record that’s supposed to happen at a great football school like Florida.

Muschamp is as good as gone down there in Gainesville.

Connor Muldowney is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also reach him at muldown5@gmail.com.