It has been a rough season in Gainesville, but Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley said Wednesday that he is “1,000 percent convinced” that coach Will Muschamp is the right guy to lead the Gators program into the future.
“Everyone around here wants the same thing,” Foley said. “We want to do what is right for the University of Florida. We understand that this football season has not gone the way any of us wanted it to go, certainly not the way our fans wanted it to go, and most of all, not the way Will Muschamp wanted it to go.
“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.”
The Gators (4-5) are coming off an embarrassing home loss to Vanderbilt Saturday, and some fans have already begun to call for Muschamp to lose his job. Muschamp’s team is in the midst of a four game losing streak, dropping them below .500 for the first time since 1992. On top of that, the Gators have lost ten players to season-ending injuries this season, seven of whom were starters.
Foley is asking Gator fans for patience as Muschamp’s team prepares for a road matchup with South Carolina Saturday night.
“We will get better under Will Muschamp’s leadership,’’ Foley said. “This is not the quote-unquote dreaded ‘vote of confidence.’ This is just how we all feel around here. We have a strong faith and a strong belief in his capabilities, in his leadership skills, in his ability to evaluate what needs to be fixed.”
“Go back to a year ago: we’re 11-1 and beat four teams in the Top 10 and he was SEC Coach of the Year. I don’t think that was a fluke. I think coaching had a lot to do with that. We’ll stay the course here. We’ll get it right. We’re not going to let Gator fans down. We want the same thing they want.”
If that's not a 'vote of confidence,' then I don't know what is.
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H/T Gator Zone