Is This Billy Donovan’s Worst Team Since 1998?

1998 was a long time ago. Steve Spurrier was still coaching football in Gainesville. AOL was how a lot of people were accessing the internet. I was still a student, working in the SID’s office with the women’s soccer team (sadly, RIP 2014 Florida soccer). Tuition was still somewhat affordable. And Billy Donovan was still an unknown.

The hype with which Billy Ball arrived at UF was starting to fade a little after a 14-15 mark in 1997-1998 that saw his two-year record with the Gators hit 27-32. Luckily for us, Florida was a basketball afterthought back then. The fan base, if they paid attention at all, had zero expectations and were OK with letting a young coach learn and grow on the job for a few years despite embarrassing results. Of course, that season was the last one in which the Gators did not win at least 20 games. They’ve made the NCAA Tournament 14 out of 16 seasons since with eight Sweet Sixteens and four Final Fours.

But even in those first two years or the two post ’04 years, the Gators weren’t as painful to watch as they have been to start this season. It isn’t because of effort that the 2014-15 season has a chance to be Florida’s worst since 1998. Through six games, these Gators battle hard. But hard work can’t overcome lack of skill on the big stage. Florida’s offense is a train wreck. It seems they are often playing 2 or 3 vs 5 on the offensive end. The only player on the team who can create his own shot is Kasey Hill, and while he has come a long way and showed huge strides in the Bahamas, he’s still a very weak go-to-guy. And Hill is likely never going to be good enough to carry an offense by consistently hitting mid-range jumpers or getting layups at the rim. Michael Frazier’s early-season shooting slump will end but he’s not much more than a spot-up shooter (albeit perhaps the best one in Gators history) and will always be subject to streakiness and tough lockdown defense. Dorian Finney-Smith is a nice complimentary piece in a well-balanced offense, but in this offense, he’s a bad jump shooter with little space to attack the paint.

If you look back to 1998, the Gators featured a decent offensive attack led by Greg Stolt and Kenyan Weaks and the occasional explosiveness of Jason Williams (until he was booted from the team for good). In the down years of 2007-2008, Nick Calathes could win games almost by himself and certainly had occasional contributions from Mo Speights, Chandler Parsons, Alex Tyus and Erving Walker. In fact, Donovan was notorious for an above-average offense that was usually let down by a suspect defense. This year, if Florida can’t find a way to score inside, they don’t have enough perimeter shooting to threaten 70 points (which they haven’t scored to date). It is shocking to see a Billy Donovan offense as bad as this one appears to be. If MFII isn’t on fire, the Gators frankly have no chance of matching buckets with a good team. I’ve mentioned Hill, Frazier and Doe-Doe. Jon Horford plays too far from the basket. Chris Walker has developed no offensive skills. Devin Robinson is as lost as any freshman under Donovan ever. Jacob Kurtz is a hustle guy with no discernible offensive skills.

This isn’t to knock this team. No one expected greatness, especially early, after losing the best senior class in school history of Patric Young, Scottie Wilbekin, Casey Prather and Will Yeguete. There is no doubt they were overrated in preseason polls based on past successes. They’ll play hard and they’ll get better as the season progresses. But as bad as the SEC is, you have to wonder what their resume is going to look like even when they turn things around and improve. At this point in the season, those of us looking forward to basketball season to ease the pain of the football season might be in trouble. The NIT isn’t likely to salve Gator Nation’s wounds this year. And be prepared, this might be one of Billy’s worst teams ever if he can’t develop an offensive identity beyond jacking up long-range perimeter shots. The dark cloud over Gainesville continues and might be expanding.

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Riding The Darkhorse

First off, I sincerely wish Will Muschamp the best. He’s a good guy and a good coach and he’ll get another opportunity somewhere to be a head coach and succeed. I always liked Will and was ecstatic when he was hired, but he never fit at Florida and had more bad luck than I’ve ever seen a coach have. His brand of football was never fun to watch. Even 2012 felt like watching a gruesome fight between two hobos out by the railroad tracks before ol’ Stinkeye Pete grabbed a sledgehammer and caved Boxcar Joe’s skull in with a few desperate swings. It wasn’t pretty, but I stood up for him even through last season. I gave him a mulligan for all the injuries. Then the Alabama game happened this September and it completely broke my spirit. I couldn’t defend him any longer. He had to go.

So with that being said, WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! WE’RE FREE FROM WHATEVER IT IS WE WATCHED OVER THE LAST FOUR YEARS IN THE SWAMP! IT’S OVER! YAY!

So, where does Florida go now? Jeremy Foley’s tendency across all sports has been to hire young, up-and-coming coaches: Urban Meyer, Will Muschamp, Billy Donovan, Kevin O’ Sullivan, etc. However, there are no Urban Meyers out there. There are no young coaches at mid-major programs who have dominated like Meyer did at Utah.

And I don’t feel like Foley can afford to hire another great, young coordinator without head coaching experience, like Chad Morris at Clemson or Pat Narduzzi at Michigan State. It’s Will Muschamp all over again. There are a lot of good candidates for the job, but there isn’t one guy that we can all point to and say, “He’s the guy.” If you asked a hundred Gators fans who Foley should hire, you would probably get a hundred different answers and goddammit, who said Greg Schiano without any irony? SHOW YOURSELF SO WE CAN POSITION YOU IN FRONT OF THE FIRING SQUAD!

When the news broke that Muschamp had been fired yesterday, I immediately sat down and started knocking out my list of candidates. I came up with four names and three of them were names you’ve all seen: Dan Mullen, Rich Rodriguez, and Mike Gundy. The reason for those three is because if I’m Jeremy Foley, I’m looking for someone who is a current college head coach who has been successful and is a bright offensive mind. All three fit that bill. But as I thought about it, I had a strong feeling that Rodriguez and Mullen would not be considered. This was confirmed this morning by ESPN’s Brett McMurphy who tweeted such. Rodriguez had a few run-ins with the NCAA at Michigan and there have been rumors that Foley just doesn’t like Mullen as a person.

As for Gundy, he was my first choice at the beginning of the season, but I’ve backed off on him a tad bit since then. Oklahoma State hasn’t had a great year and the offense has been pitiful by recent OSU standards. A lot of that has to do with their starter, JW Walsh, going down with an injury early in the season and they’ve had to roll with their backup, Daxx Garman. Seriously, that’s his name. Also, there was the Sports Illustrated article last year that brought negative attention to the OSU program. Foley may consider Gundy, but I think ultimately, that article may be enough to scare him away. Plus, OSU is Gundy’s alma mater and they can match any dollar amount Florida throws out there with super booster, T. Boone Pickens.

One name that was not on my original list was Gary Patterson because he’s a defensive guy, but after thinking about it a lot in the last 24 hours, I think he might be the best man for the job, especially if he brings his co-offensive coordinators, Doug Meacham and Sonny Cumbie with him. Patterson sacrificed some defense for offense this season and so far, it has paid off. It is my hope that whoever is hired, they will keep Brad Lawing, DJ Durkin, and Travaris Robinson on staff. So, would Patterson want to bring his guys or would he assimilate with the current staff? Regardless, I’m just not sure Patterson leaves TCU. So, this brings me back to the fourth candidate on my original list from yesterday.

I won’t name him yet. I will give you his credentials for the job and let you decide if this sounds like someone who would be a good hire. He’s a very under the radar hire. I’ve only seen him mentioned on a couple of candidate lists, so far. AND IT’S NOT KERWIN BELL! STOP SAYING HIS NAME!

He’s 46 years old and in his fourth season at his current FBS school and has posted a 9-4 record in each of his first three years with three bowl wins and is on his way to much of the same this year, sitting at 7-3. Prior to his current job, he was the receivers coach and passing game coordinator for two years at an SEC school. Prior to that, he was the head coach at a Division II school where he tallied a 66-21 record with two conference titles in seven seasons.

He’s an offensive guy who runs a version of the spread and is pretty balanced. His offenses have averaged between 30-35 ppg the last four years. Last season they averaged 204.5 rushing and 212.2 passing yards per game. This season they are running the ball a little more, averaging 231 yards rushing on 421 attempts and 196 yards passing on 286 attempts.

Any ideas who this is? If you said Louisiana-Lafayette head man, Mark Hudspeth, YOU’RE A WINNER!

If you need your memory refreshed as to who he is, you should remember his Ragin’ Cajuns nearly beating Florida two years ago in “The Swamp” and woulda gotten away with it too if it weren’t for those meddling kids blocking a punt and returning it for a touchdown to end the game.

I like Hudspeth. In his fifteen losses at ULL, eight have been to schools from power conferences and he’s nearly pulled off a couple of upsets. He’s been very successful at two small schools with limited resources and not only has he been successful, he’s maintained that success over the duration of his tenure. Hugh Freeze and Gus Malzahn were both coaching high school football not too long ago and each spent a year at Arkansas State before becoming head coaches in the SEC. So making the jump from a small school to the SEC can be done.

If Hudspeth were hired, a lot of people that don’t know a damn about college football will laugh and point and say, “LOL, Florida couldn’t get a big name. No one wants to coach at Florida!” And my arm would fly off from making the handwanking gesture, but this would be a solid hire. I think he would do fine at Florida. That’s why I’m going all in for Hudspeth. Sure, I’d love to have Patterson, Gundy, Hugh Freeze, or several others, but if I have to choose one, I’m going to ride with the guy no one’s talking about. And if he is hired, then I’ll look like a genius and I can rub it in my parents’ faces! SCREW YOU MOM AND DAD! I MAY NOT KNOW HOW TO BUDGET MY MONEY OR PROPERLY INVEST FOR RETIREMENT OR HAVE A GIRLFRIEND OR HAVE A JOB I LOVE OR GENERALLY POSSESS ANY LIFE SKILLS, BUT I GOT FLORIDA’S COACH CORRECT! BOOM! IN YOUR FACE!

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Fear Finally Does Muschamp In

When Florida got up comfortably against Vanderbilt last week, I foolishly started wondering if Kurt Roper would be allowed to open up the playbook a little and give Treon Harris some much needed reps throwing the football. The Gators were up 17-7 with a second and goal at the 7-yard-line as the fourth quarter began. Harris had a wide open Clay Burton on the play action call and with a little touch on the ball, it was a TD. But Harris missed Burton. Harris ran it in the next play but the missed pass is what stuck with me. A kid making his second career start doesn’t have the experience to know how to make a throw like that. So why not use some of his time on the field in a game that was in hand to develop a rhythm in the passing attack?

As the fourth quarter progressed, Vanderbilt clearly had no chance at a comeback and Will Muschamp being Will Muschamp, the Gators were going to run the ball and clock it. Harris attempted only one more pass after the Burton mis-throw, a sharp connection to Demarcus Robinson on a third and five. Gator Nation celebrated the blowout win and a two-game winning streak. A lot of the postgame chatter turned to the thought that Muschamp might save his job with a win against South Carolina. But I knew better. The missed opportunity of letting Harris run more of the offense in the safe environment of a big 4th quarter lead foreshadowed what we say today.

In 2012, the Gators won week in and week out with a vanilla attack that never really gave Jeff Driskel a chance to learn how to play quarterback. He wasn’t asked to make throws, let alone make reads. But the Gators were winning, unbelievably going 11-1 without any shred of a reliable passing attack. When they finally found themselves down and in need of throwing to make a game of it in the Sugar Bowl, they failed miserably. Muschamp never invested the time on offense to help Driskel get better. He never threw more than 27 passes in a game or for more than 219 yards. In the South Carolina laugher in which Florida was up huge in the 3rd quarter, Driskel only threw it 16 times for 93 yards. That lack of development doomed Driskel as a quarterback and doomed Muschamp as a head coach. And even though he made the quarterback change this year, Muschamp’s fear on offense wasn’t going to give Harris the opportunity he needed to develop and ironically save Muschamp’s own job.

If we’ve learned anything over these four agonizing seasons of Will Muschamp football it is that his formula for wins is tough defense and an offense that eats clock and doesn’t turn it over. That’s a really low bar to set for your offense and it puts an enormous strain on the rest of the team. Muschamp reeks of fear every time the Gators are on offense. That stench has to be demoralizing not only for the offensive players but for the entire team. Then if you aren’t mostly perfect in the other phases of the game, you have a good chance to lose. Never did that come to mind-numbing fruition like it did today against South Carolina.

You could spend a lifetime never seeing as dumb of a performance as the Gators turned in today. South Carolina is not a good football team. Neither is Florida. But Florida was in control of the game, with a win percentage that must have been close to 95 percent at two or three different times in the fourth quarter. The Gators had the ball in Gamecocks territory three times in the 4th quarter. Treon Harris fumbled once, Florida punted once and had a field goal blocked. Harris ran the ball eight times and attempted one pass in the fourth quarter. Muschamp was in clock-kill mode and fear paralyzed the team.

Florida could have ended the game twice. After a penalty, Florida had first and seven at the 16-yard-line. A touchdown would have effectively ended the game. But instead of anything remotely aggressive, Florida ran it three times including on third and nine and settled for a 32-yard field goal. In fairness, that kick would have sealed the game too. But how often do you see missed field goals after ultra-conservative play calling? Why wasn’t Harris given an opportunity to win the game with his arm? Fear and the fact that he doesn’t have enough experience.

The second time Florida could have ended the game was on their next possession. It is hard to fault running the ball three times in that situation with the clock and timeout situation what it was. What isn’t hard to fault is Florida taking a delay of game penalty when they had a timeout, giving up five yards of field possession for no reason at all. Most egregiously, though, was not having max protect on when basically the only way you could lose was on a blocked punt.

Will Muschamp is not a smart head coach and his Gators are not a smart football team. But despite so much stupid in today’s game, it was the stupid from last week (and that traces all the way back to 2012) that I think really sunk the Gators. Treon Harris and the offense deserve better. There are playmakers on this team. But because Harris wasn’t given a chance earlier in the season, wasn’t given a chance late against Vanderbilt, he wasn’t going to be given a chance today. And so instead of sealing a big win at home against the man who built the Florida program, the Gators gave the game and season away. It was poetic that the final nail in Will Muschamp’s head coaching career coffin was driven in by his own fear.

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Tenn Straight

 

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Freshman QB Treon Harris (Gainesville Sun/Matt Stamey)

In 2013, we saw a backup quarterback donning the number “3” come in for Jeff Driskel and help engineer a victory over the Tennessee Volunteers. On Saturday, we saw a backup quarterback donning the number “3” come in for Jeff Driskel and help engineer a victory over the Tennessee Volunteers. Was it pretty? Most certainly not. There are still many areas of this team that need to be addressed; but the most important thing Will Muschamp can take away from Neyland Stadium is a big ol’ W. As I saw it described on Twitter, this game was a “fight to the death with spoons.” The Gators and Vols combined for just 465 yards and six turnovers. However, at the end of a beautiful day in Knoxville, the good guys had ten points and the bad guys had nine. Florida had defeated Tennessee for the tenth consecutive time.

The Gators offense was horrendously stagnant until the freshman Treon Harris entered the game late in the third quarter. Florida scored their first and only touchdown on his first drive behind center, and the entire team seemed to have new life. Not that the defense really needed it anyways. Bryan Cox Jr., playing in remembrance of his late grandfather, registered three of the six Florida sacks. UF also forced three turnovers from UT quarterback Justin Worley. Both interceptions came at critical times in the game — Vernon Hargreaves made a diving pick in the end zone to keep the Vols out of checkerboard, and Keanu Neal ended Tennessee’s final drive (and the game) with his third INT of the season. The performance of the defense was very refreshing to watch, especially after their debacle two weeks ago at Alabama.

However, the big storyline of the afternoon was the Florida quarterback situation. Jeff Driskel seemingly made zero progress from his horrid game in Tuscaloosa. He went 11 for 23 for just 59 yards and three interceptions against the Vols. There was virtually no hope for the offense until Muschamp finally decided to pull the plug on Driskel. After Jalen Tabor’s strip sack/fumble recovery, Florida was in business at the UT 30 yard line. No better time to put in Harris, who made a few nice plays before Matt Jones punched it in from a couple yards out.

Just a short time later, kicker Austin Hardin drilled the biggest field goal of his career — a 49 yarder from the right hash — to give Florida the lead for good. Honestly, most Gator fans had as much faith in Hardin making that FG as they did in FIVE top-10 teams losing this weekend. Both of those things happened, and both were great to watch.

Will Muschamp said post-game that they will evaluate the quarterback situation this week to see who will start against LSU (7:30pm on SEC Network). The best thing Muschamp said on Saturday? In reference to the 100,000+ Tennessee fans, “It’s great to see all these people out here getting disappointed. I love it.” We loved it too, Coach Boom.

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A Streak in Danger? – Chomp Chat Episode 6

 

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OTB contributors Lucas Dolengowski, Morgan Moriarty and Alligator Army’s Andy Hutchins break down Florida’s chances of defeating Tennessee for the 10th straight year, and also take a peek at the huge weekend for teams in the SEC West. Send your emails for next week’s program to thechompchat@gmail.com!

 

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Gator Nation Headquarters in Knoxville

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Traveling to Knoxville? Join the brand new Knoxville Gator Club® on Saturday, October 4, 2014 as the Gators take on the Tennessee Volunteers!

Gator Headquarters, will be at the Church Street United Methodist Church parking lot located at 900 Henley Street, just south from the Knoxville Convention Center from 8:00-11:00 am EST.

Enjoy some fellowship in a Gator friendly gathering place less than a mile from Neyland Stadium and meet the new Knoxville Gator Club. Limited food and drinks will be available. You’re best to BYOB (Beer, Bourbon, etc…).

I’ve been to a bunch of away games and ended up wandering around aimlessly. This is meant to be a nice place to spend a little time with more BLUE than Orange that day.

No tickets for the game? No problem. Join the Knoxville Gator Club® for their viewing party at the Blackhorse Pub and Brewery (4429 Kingston Pike Knoxville, TN 37919), in Western Plaza.

If you are arriving early and staying in Knoxville, come join the Gators at Calhoun’s On the River (400 Neyland Dr. Knoxville, TN 37902) on Friday night.

Hope to see you there! Wear Blue! Go Gators!

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Meet Gators 2015 QB Commit Sheriron Jones

In Southern California this year, a historic quarterback class is the story of the high school football season. Three of the top four quarterbacks and five of the top 10 in Scout’s 2015 national rankings play in the CIF Southern Section. In total, eight seniors are committed to power conference programs (Alabama, Oregon, USC and UCLA to name a few) and a few more may join them. As Bruce Feldman wrote back in May, the potential for future success on Saturdays and Sundays means we may look back on this as one of the most loaded position classes in one region ever.

As we at FOX Sports West began preparations for coverage of the high school football season, I wanted to focus on these quarterbacks and come up with something special celebrating them. My idea was to do a series of features highlighting the quarterbacks, spending time with them on the field, in the film room and talking to them and their coaches. And now that we are a few features in, I couldn’t be more proud of the work we’ve done putting together our “Year of the Quarterback” series.

This past Friday, we debuted our piece on Sheriron Jones, a four-star QB out of Rancho Verde High School in Moreno Valley (CA), the same high school Ronald Powell attended. If you don’t know, Jones is committed to Florida, and assuming he keeps that commitment (maybe a longshot given Will Muschamp’s uncertain future?), he adds to the Gators growing depth at QB and could contend for the starting job as early as 2016. He is a really bright kid, with a great head on his shoulders, great knowledge of the game, excellent instincts and great fundamentals. Here’s our Prep Zone analyst and Scout’s Director of Scouting Greg Biggins’ take on Jones:

Jones is a dual threat QB in that he’s very athletic but is more polished and a better pure passer in the pocket than given credit for. He shows poise in the pocket, is a natural leader and can get the ball down the field. He can scramble for yardage or buy time in the pocket and then make a throw when a play breaks down. He needs to tighten his release just a bit but is overall, solid mechanically and has some definite upside to him.

Check out our piece at the link below. He throws a very pretty ball and I love his take on being an athletic QB that prefers to stay in the pocket. I guarantee this will get you excited for his possible arrival in Gainesville.

Year of the Quarterback Profile: Sheriron Jones

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Bye Week Blues – Chomp Chat Episode 5

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It was a disappointing result for the Orange and Blue on Saturday against Alabama. The offense struggled (to put it mildly) and the defense gave up the most yards ever by Florida team. But the bye week has come at a perfect time, as Will Muschamp and his staff have an extra week to prepare for Tennessee and re-evaluate the state of his program.

The usual Chomp Chat crew of Lucas Dolengowski, Morgan Moriarty, Scott Francis and Andy Hutchins reflect on Florida’s beatdown in Tuscaloosa and discuss the near future of Gator football. Listen to this week’s episode below, and send in your emails (we know you all have PLENTY of opinions) for next week’s program at thechompchat@gmail.com.

 

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They Are Who We Thought They Were

If for some reason you are optimistic about the state of the football program at the University of Florida, you might want to see a doctor. There is something seriously wrong with you. No matter what you try to tell yourself, the decay is deep in Gainesville. Even the eternal optimists who predicted 8 or 9 wins because of health and a new offensive coordinator and better luck know this now. The past two games proved it unequivocally. They are who we thought they were.


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Don’t let the fact that Florida was tied with Alabama in the third quarter fool you. Don’t think the Gators “only” losing by 21 somehow shows improvement.  That was an utter and complete whipping the likes of which haven’t been seen in Gainesville in a long time 10 whole months. Alabama should have won that game by 50 or 60. The Tide’s numbers were staggering – 645 total yards, 449 passing yards, 28 first downs, 12 for 16 third-down conversions and 39:16 time of possession. The Gators’ numbers were right in line with what we’ve seen for a few years now – 200 total yards, 11 first downs, 9 for 28 passing, 3 turnovers. Florida showed zero competency on offense. Shockingly, they proved to be just as inept defensively. The one thing Will Muschamp could always hang his hat on – defense – is no longer a functioning unit. The blown coverages and big passing plays were obvious but what really killed were the missed tackles. I haven’t seen the stat anywhere but I’m guessing the Gators missed somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 tackles.

Jeff Driskel is a good person. He is a tough kid. He has dealt with a ton of adversity in Gainesville and always addressed it head on, with courage and conviction. I hope he has a long, happy life with a successful career in the field of his choosing. But he is not a quarterback who can play football in the SEC. He is not capable of reading the secondary and making the correct throw. He is not capable of reading fronts and knowing when to handoff and when to keep the ball on the read option. He is horribly inaccurate with any pass farther than 10 yards past the line of scrimmage. And there is no way on Earth the Gators can be a great team, let alone a good team, unless the rest of the offense performs at an elite level. Demarcus Robinson and Matt Jones did it against Kentucky and saved the day. Against Alabama, no one else on offense was even above average. No one could make a play. In fact despite all of Driskel’s struggles, the play that summarized the day for me was Quinton Dunbar’s drop on third down in the first quarter. Florida punted and Alabama’s next play was the bomb to Amari Cooper to tie the game at 14. If the Gators aren’t going to be elite at every other offensive position, they can’t be successful with a mediocre quarterback.

So where does this leave us? Well as the great Dennis Green said, we all have to admit Florida is what we thought they were. A deeply flawed program that resides in the middle of the SEC pack. The Gators have no shot of beating elite teams. They have little chance of betting even good to great teams, barring complete self-immolation on the part of the opponents (Bama tried this for a 32 minutes and still won by 21). The rest? Well, they will be rock fights and history suggests losses more often than wins. That means that when you look at the rest of the 2014 schedule, Florida is assured of only one more win the rest of the way. There is one guaranteed loss to Florida State and one highly likely loss to South Carolina. LSU, Missouri and Georgia are games that lean as likely losses. Only Tennessee and Vanderbilt are SEC games that are winnable, but as I said both will be close and Florida will need to be lucky at times in those games to win. We are a program that should feel good when it makes a bowl game and has a winning record. We are North Carolina. We are Iowa.

Add it all up and there is little doubt that Muschamp’s days are numbered. Jeremy Foley, as blind as he’s been, saw what we all saw tonight. I vividly remember the Fiesta Bowl against Nebraska in 1996 as I’m sure Foley does. And tonight was worse. It is appropriate that the final nail in Muschamp’s coffin was Lane Kiffin. The Muschamp era can be summed up by saying that he was outcoached by Kiffin and it wasn’t close. Like most life threatening illnesses, just because Florida will survive after Muschamp doesn’t mean the recovery will be easy. Whoever is the new coach in 2015 will find a program as far removed from contending for any kind of championship as the Gators have been since 1986. It took four long years of .500 records and a Hail Mary coaching hire of a once-in-a-lifetime genius to resurrect the program. That’s what the Gator Nation now faces.

Knowing what we know and knowing who we are might actually be a good thing. Last week, there was a lot of anger and unhappiness after Florida beat Kentucky in a thriller. But given the state of the program, that’s just stupid. We should have enjoyed every minute of that game and felt on top of the world after the win. That’s the approach each of us should take for the foreseeable future. A win, any win, is to be celebrated like a championship. Enjoy them when they happen. Because lately and for the near future, they don’t happen very often.

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We Want Bama? We Got Bama – Chomp Chat Episode 4

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Andre Debose catches a TD on the first play against Alabama in 2011.

Following Florida’s triple overtime thriller against Kentucky last Saturday, the Gators face arguably their toughest test of the season this weekend — on the road at Allllabama (Brent Musburger voice). The OTB trio of Lucas Dolengowski, Morgan Moriarty and Scott Francis welcome Gator Country’s Nick De La Torre to the program for the first time, as they size up UF’s chances of knocking off the 3rd ranked team in the country. This episode is perfect for your road trip to Tuscaloosa!  LISTEN AND SHARE!

 

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