Florida’s season hit an all-time low Saturday with a loss to Vanderbilt – the first loss to the Commodores since 1988 – and Gator Nation is starting to vent.
Outside the Florida football offices, someone left a sign asking for the university to fire coach Will Muschamp and offensive coordinator Brent Pease.
— Thomas Goldkamp (@Goldkamp247) November 11, 2013
Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley remains mum on the futures of Muschamp and his assistants, but this is truly a disaster season for a team that won two BCS National Championships in the past decade.
"I'm a competitor, I don't like losing and I certainly don't like the product we're putting on the field," Muschamp said after Saturday’s loss. "That's my responsibility. That's on me. I'm not asking for anybody to be happy or to give me a pass. It's the University of Florida, and my expectation is as high or higher than anyone sitting in those seats. It's on me, and we'll get it turned, I can assure you that."
Not all of Florida’s woes are on Muschamp. The Gators have suffered a slew of injuries, especially to prominent players, including starting quarterback Jeff Driskel, receiver/kick returner Andre Debose, running back Matt Jones and defensive tackle Dominique Easley.
And Muschamp was 11-2 a year ago and a game away from playing for the national title. It’s easy to say the program was rising back to prominence before this hiccup and that it can just as easily get back to the top next season.
The SEC is a competitive league and fans are probably more demanding of those teams than others. Fans want instant results and sometimes season’s go awry thanks to unforeseen circumstances. But to cut ties with Muschamp now – only three years into his tenure – would be a mistake.
It’s hard to ask an SEC fan base for patience, but that’s what Florida fans need to have this season even as they watch the Gators lose in disastrous fashion.
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