Will Muschamp is under some serious pressure in Gainesville, but who hasn't been? Since Steve Spurrier took them to the heights, every coach has felt it. Some haven't survived it.
It brings out the best and the worst in coaches to have exceptional players and the highest talent levels going against others in the same atmosphere. It does that to the nth degree when it comes to fans. Muschamp is feeling it, even when he's not saying much about it.
It's not a certainty that he's gonna be let go in the next year, but the ringing endorsement (otherwise known as death-knell) has been sounded by the University of Florida Athletic Director. Like Jim Irsay's complete endorsement and support of Peyton Manning, among so many other such commitments (please list your most memorable below), Coach Muschamp has been given the absolute support of the Gators administration.
Did anyone else wince when they heard that?
Winning can change a lot, but getting to a bowl game this year is gonna be tough. Sitting home this year may actually be worse than losing to a Big East team in a bowl last year. I don't see how he survives to signing day given the rabid sports world in which we live.
As if it were a forgone conclusion, I wonder out loud if Charlie Strong isn't a great candidate to lead the Gators.
He's proven able to recruit everywhere. He's reached Louisville's ceiling several times as their head coach. He's even beaten Florida. No matter the circumstances of that victory, it's telling for him as a coach.
Forget the limitations he's had at Louisville. Forget that his teams haven't sealed the deal even in years when the Big East has been fairly abysmal. Much of that is a product of the environment of the program and fan base itself. There's little a coach can do about that in less than a decade in most situations.
This guy knows football, knows Florida, knows the program and it's ins and outs, facets and flaws, and he NOW knows head coaching. Who would be a better fit? I find it hard to name anyone who hasn't already been their head coach. There is only ONE nagging question.
Would he take the job in spite of the chip he seems to have on his shoulder about not being given a real shot at it when he was there last? Who knows him well enough and personally to answer that question? Perhaps Joker Philips?
Regardless of how he could do there, the outlook for UK ending the streak against Florida gets tougher with Muschamp gone and Strong as head coach. No question in my mind on that topic. Strong would seek to bring back the Spurrier days of stomping Kentucky until there's no life left, if it's within his power to do so.