After Florida suffered a disastrous 42-13 loss to Missouri on Saturday, the heat on coach Will Muschamp has grown to new levels. Boos were louder than any time in the Muschamp era, and “Fire Muschamp” chants were easy to hear from the stands in the second half. If Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley was ready to fire Muschamp, going into the bye week seemed like a perfect time to hand the team to one of the coordinators and move on.
At this point of the week, that doesn’t seem likely.
Foley released a statement on Monday afternoon stating that he continues to support the coaches and players as they have two weeks to prepare for Georgia, but he will continue evaluating what happens on the field.
“At the beginning of the season we said we would evaluate the season as it plays out,’’ Jeremy Foley told the official University of Florida website. “We will continue to do so. Our sole focus right now is supporting our coaching staff and players as they prepare for Georgia.”
The statement also said Muschamp was on the road recruiting on Monday.
In September, Foley told Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel that Muschamp would get the entire season to prove himself. Florida has lost three of its last four games, and the lone win came in a comeback effort that ended in a 10-9 win over Tennessee in Knoxville.
The statement puts more emphasis on Florida’s game against Georgia on November 1. Muschamp has lost his first three games against the Bulldogs and needs a win in Jacksonville to relieve some of the pressure on his job.
The Florida coach said following Saturday’s game that he wasn’t concerning himself with his job security and would spend the bye week focusing on things he can control.
“I’m really worried about this football team right now,” Muschamp said. “I’ll sit down with them and they need to understand the things we need to do to get better. I’m not going to get concerned about things I have no control over, other than this team. That’s the most important thing right now.”
Muschamp's tenure in Gainesville hasn't been pretty. The one-loss regular season in 2012 resulted in a Sugar Bowl appearance, but Muschamp is 25-19 during his time at Florida and just 15-14 in SEC play.TAILGATER Wooden Ice Chest Giveaway