A group of players have talked about leaving. This is an absolutely normal reflex for a situation similar to this. One reason this is so magnified is the access the media has to the players due to it being in the middle of the season. Every single question asked is about the coaching change. The fact is some will leave. No one knows who, but it is inevitable. There is no way of knowing how many.
Some have told the staff of their intentions to leave. I know for a fact that the staff has made a lot of effort to dissuade this thought. I don't know what the conclusions are, but more than likely they were told to wait and see what happens. There is plenty of time to make a decision like that and they need to investigate it further before making a hasty one..
On to what we think.
History tells us that it won't be as many as some speculate. Each individual will have to look inward and see just what it all means to them to leave a place they have dedicated themselves to. Yes, they did dedicate themselves to Ron Zook and his staff, but he has told them from day one, "it is the players that sell the University of Florida, not the staff." These guys will most likely band together; they are a brotherhood of sorts. They are now hurt as brothers, they will stick together and fight as brothers. There is a special bond in this group of kids. Sometimes it doesn't translate on the field, but this is an exceptionally close group.
What the fans need to do and realize is that every media opportunity right now is in their face about all the things that have happened outside of the football field. The constant barrage of questions comes when they are torn up about the situation, both with guilt and anger. They do feel guilty over the firing of their leader. They feel they let him down. It is a natural response. They do feel anger for those that passed the judgment down unsuspectingly. Again, this is a natural response.
Time heals all wounds. This one cuts deep for the players but the bleeding will stop. Some will make the change they feel is necessary and that change will hurt the fans that love them. Most will not.