Coacheshotseat.com, a website dedicated to the principle that it’s just a matter of time before 75% of all the head coaches in Division I are pink-slipped, says there is no hotter seat in all of college football than the one occupied by Florida’s Will Muschamp. With six weeks to go before the 2014 season kicks off, coacheshotseat.com has a top ten of Muschamp followed by Dana Holgorsen (West Virginia), Charlie Weis (Kansas), Ron Turner (Florida International), Bret Bielema (Arkansas), Mike London (Virginia), Norm Chow (Hawaii), Darrell Hazell (Purdue), Sonny Dykes (California) and Skip Holtz (Louisiana Tech). All ten coaches have one thing in common: they had a losing season last year.For nine of the ten, a break-even season and perhaps a minor bowl will quell the dissatisfied. Although a minor bowl would represent a major improvement over last season for Muschamp, winning six or seven games wouldn’t come anywhere close to satisfying a Gator Nation that has grown accustomed to winning at a high level ever since 1990. Two of Florida’s three worst seasons since 1990 (7-6 in 2011 and 4-8 in 2013) have come on Muschamp’s watch which doesn’t settle well for fans who have grown accustomed to winning SEC and national championships. So expectations are high but they always are at Florida. Muschamp cannot do anything about the expectations just as he can’t do anything about the speculation by sites like coachinghotseat.com and sports writers around the country that he has to have X number of wins to survive. The only thing Muschamp can do is control the things he can control. As he said at SEC Media Days in Hoover, Alabama last week – “Control the controllable.” And what can he control? Well, he can’t control speculation or perceptions or even expectations. All he can control is the coaching and preparation each week to ensure that every time the Gators run out of the tunnel whether in Gainesville or somewhere else that they they are the best prepared team on the field. In an interview I got to do with the late, great John Wooden back in 1972, he basically said that coaching in games is overrated, that other than a few decisions here and there, once you get to game time, it’s up to the athletes to execute. Wooden was a firm believer that the real coaching is done in practice. He also believed that while you can only control so much of what goes on in a game that you can control what goes on in practice. “You win and you lose by what you do in practice and preparation,” Wooden told me. Muschamp’s demeanor at Media Days seemed to indicate that he is focused and determined to eliminate all the exterior noise and distractions. His job is to control the things he can control and zone out everything else. If he does that, then he’s got the athletes he needs to win.
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