Florida Gators head coach Will Muschamp has had a rough time during his tenure with the Gators. There have been questions the past few seasons about whether or not Muschamp will last much longer in Gainesville. For some reason he feels confident that his job is secure, but I have a hard time believing that. If Muschamp doesn’t have a great season in 2014, I’m not sure he will be given another opportunity.
In 2011, Muschamp led the Gators to a 7-6 record in his first season as the head coach. The program wasn’t too concerned considering it was Muschamp’s first season as a head coach. The following season, he really turned things around and helped the Gators to an 11-2 record and a trip to the Sugar Bowl, where the Gators were stunned by the Louisville Cardinals. Things were looking up for the program and the Gators headed into the 2013 season with high hopes. Unfortunately, a host of injuries plagued the team and the Gators finished 4-8.
The 2013 season was one that Florida fans would rather forget. Starting quarterback Jeff Driskel went down with an injury and started a domino effect of bad things. The lowest part of the season was the loss to the Georgia Southern Eagles in Gainesville. By this time, Gator fans were calling for Muschamp to be fired. They had every reason to want to see change within the program, but athletic director Jeremy Foley wasn’t ready to give up just yet.
Muschamp believes that he finally has the right players and coaches to compete for a championship. He has made several personnel changes, giving him hope for a bright future. Driskel will finally be back healthy, which is a great sign for the team. It will take a great 2014 season if Muschamp wants to get off the hot seat. Unfortunately, it’s hard to see the Gators competing with Muschamp at the helm.