His final game as Florida coach is over, but his responsibilities with the position are not. He joked after the game that he still has to do his television show tomorrow morning.
"You get fired, and I'm not a very good negotiator,” Will Muschamp said with a grin. “That'll be a blast. I get to hang out with Mick (Hubert) tomorrow. That's part of the deal. I'm not a good negotiator.”
Muschamp did admit he is looking forward to getting away “for a little while” after that. His wife, Carol, and two kids sat in the back of the room during his final press conference, as Muschamp said he wasn’t worried about the future. He didn’t give any hints as to where he’ll coach next year or what the future looks like for him.
On Saturday, he wasn’t ready to look at the future. He was frustrated with the way his team played and that they weren’t able to win.
He did give a slight reflection on the last four years. Even at the press conference on the day after he was fired, Muschamp stood at the podium and said he was happy with the way he carried himself and the way he led the Florida program during his four-year tenure.
"Just a guy that did it the right way,” Muschamp said when asked how he wanted to be remembered at Florida. “I hold my head walking out of here. We did things the right way. We didn't win enough games. In was asked to clean up a program. We did that."
WILLIS SENT TO THE LOCKER ROOM: Florida State was up 14-9 and driving down the field with all the momentum on its sideline. Florida players were starting to get frustrated, even the ones on the bench.
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston ran out of bounds on the Florida sideline for a six-yard gain and took a blow from freshman defensive lineman Gerald Willis, who was standing on the sideline during the play. It cost the team 15 yards, and it cost Willis his chance to play.
He wasn’t ejected, but the Florida coaches told the freshman to go back to the locker room and stay there for the remainder of the game.
"If I was still head coach, he'd be kicked off the team,” Muschamp said. “Ridiculous."
LAST DRIVE: Florida had a shot to win it late, taking over with 3:19 to play and trailing by five points. The drive started at the Florida 22-yard line and the offense had three timeouts to work with.
Despite quarterback Treon Harris’ inaccuracies during the game, the Gators continued to throw the ball. He went 0-7 on the drive, and the biggest play came on a pass interference call.
Muschamp said the team had too far to go in too little time to even think about running the football.
“You're complaining about me throwing the ball,” Muschamp said with a smile to the reporter who asked the question. “Seriously, I've been getting drilled for four years for running the ball. I say we throw it, and I get drilled for it. You guys are amazing."