This is what Florida Gators football has come to.
For the second season in a row Athletic Director Jeremy Foley has had to come out publically and support his head football coach to a hostile fan base and amid rumors that Will Muschamp’s job is all but finished in Gainesville.
“At the beginning of the season we said we would evaluate the season as it plays out,’’ Foley said. “We will continue to do so. Our sole focus right now is supporting our coaching staff and players as they prepare for Georgia.”
Following Florida’s embarrassing 42-13 loss at the hands of Missouri — the Gators’ second consecutive double-digit homecoming loss — Muschamp was asked directly if he felt like his job was safe.
“I’m really worried about this football team right now, getting back 3 o’clock in a team meeting and sitting down with them and making sure they need to understand the things that we need to do to improve and get better,” Muschamp said on Saturday night. “That’s really what I’m worried about.”
Muschamp is in his fourth season at Florida. The head coach has comprised a 25-19 record (15-14 SEC). The Gators have lost 7-11 since kicking off the 2013 season and the loss on Saturday was just another embarrassing game that dots Muschamp’s tenure at Florida.
Foley’s statement, released by the UAA, does not mention the coach by name, only that Foley said he would evaluate the season as it plays out. Currently, it is playing out very similar to 2013 when the Gators went 4-8. The massive amount of injuries last season served as a crutch to lean on and something to point to as the cause of the futility on the field.
This year, there isn’t a mountain of injuries, just ineptitude on offense and inconsistency on all sides of the ball. Just ask the head coach himself.
“Offensively, just abysmal,” Muschamp said following the Missouri game. “No rhythm and we’ve got to figure out what we can do to try and move the football. Six turnovers. That’s hard to overcome.”
He went on to list things that the Gators need to “continue to improve” this season, ball security, mental lapses and special teams miscues to name a few.
“We’ll get it fixed” is the phrase we hear almost on a weekly basis. This Gators team may be too far gone for Will Muschamp to fix. It may now be left up to Foley to fix it for him.