Gator bait? Muschamp not worried about job
In the wake of a devastating loss to Georgia Southern and with a public outcry that has gotten louder with every loss, Florida's Will Muschamp was in a relaxed, jovial mood looking nothing like a head coach who is worried about his job.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- In the wake of a stunning loss to Georgia Southern, and with a public outcry that has gotten louder with every defeat, Florida's Will Muschamp met the media on Monday in a relaxed, jovial mood looking nothing like a coach who is worried about his job.
When asked if he is concerned about being fired, Muschamp confidently replied, "Absolutely not." When asked if he believes he will coach the Gators in 2014, he replied, "Absolutely."
But when asked about the futures of his assistant coaches, Muschamp was not quite as confident.
"I'm not ready to make any statement on that at this point," he said. "We're still playing out the season and those guys are going to coach their butts off. I'll make that decision when I think it's right."
The pressure on Muschamp and his staff reached a fever pitch after the Gators' latest loss, their sixth in a row. Florida (4-7, 3-5 SEC) lost 26-20 on Saturday to Georgia Southern, the first loss in program history to an FCS opponent. As a result, Florida is assured of its first losing season since 1979. Its 22-year bowl streak, the longest active streak in the nation, will end.
After the Gators lost to Vanderbilt at home for the first time since 1945, Muschamp received a vote of confidence from his boss, athletic director Jeremy Foley. Florida spokesman Steve McClain said Monday that Foley's position hasn't changed.
"As athletic director, I'm a thousand percent convinced that Will Muschamp is the guy to lead this football program," Foley said in an online statement Nov. 13. "Nothing has changed in what we feel about Will Muschamp from the day we hired him. Everyone around here wants the same thing."
The lion's share of scrutiny at Florida is focused on a punchless offense that ranks 111th out of 123 FBS teams in total offense (327.9 yards a game). The Gators ranked No. 103 in total offense last season and were No. 105 in 2011, Muschamp's first year.
On Monday, Muschamp said he plans to reassess his offensive philosophy.
"I think obviously the first person you look at is yourself," he said. "That's what you've got to be able to do and see where we are. I think as a coach, you've got to do what your players can do. That's something I'm looking at."
A win in Florida's final game of the season, against No. 2 Florida State, promises to be a Herculean task. The Seminoles (11-0, 8-0 ACC) average 55.2 points a game and are coming off an 80-point performance against Idaho.
Muschamp announced that No. 1 quarterback Tyler Murphy (shoulder) remains questionable and has not been cleared by the medical staff. If Murphy misses his third straight game, Florida will again turn to redshirt freshman Skyler Mornhinweg to start. Muschamp also said starting left tackle D.J. Humphries, who has missed four games with a sprained MCL in his left knee, "looks doubtful right now."
On defense, Muschamp said the Gators will be without starting middle linebacker Michael Taylor and his backup, true freshman Alex Anzalone. Taylor injured the MCL in his right knee against Georgia Southern but will not require surgery. Anzalone dislocated his shoulder. Starting defensive end Jonathan Bullard (knee) is listed as probable.
Starting cornerback Marcus Roberson, who missed the South Carolina game due to suspension and last week's game due to an ankle injury, is expected to play against Florida State.
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