I, like many Florida Gators fans, was outraged how the Missouri Tigers came into The Swamp, Florida’s home football field, and outright destroyed our team on our homecoming weekend. Will Muschamp, the head coach of Florida’s football team, has struggled to lead our program. This game was determined this past week as the “do or die” game for his future as head coach.
He died, professionally that is.
The once proud Florida Gators football team gave up 42 points within three quarters of football to a team that had been shut out at home the week before by the Gator’s arch rival, the Georgia Bulldogs. Ironically, Muschamp was a walk-on at Georgia as a player, and had never been a head coach prior to his Florida gig.
Now his career with Florida is hanging by a thread, and it’s a matter of time before he is given his walking papers.
I am one of many Gator fans that feel he should be fired immediately, so the program can begin the search for a new head coach. Jeremy Foley, the Florida Athletic Director, had announced prior to this season that he would wait until the end before making a decision on Muschamp’s future. He wanted to see the direction the program was taking.
Well, after last night, the program’s direction is due South, and it is a one-way trip.
Seriously, it’s clear that the team is not going to contend for the SEC title or possibly even a bowl invitation, so why not terminate Muschamp now, give the reigns to offensive coordinator Kurt Roper in the interim, and begin the search for the team’s next head coach?
That being said, it’s incumbent upon the Gator Nation to continue to support the players, team, and program while the leadership is reworked. These kids, yes “kids”, are doing their best in a trying situation, and Gator fans must realize that the team isn’t going to win national championships every single year. Yes, I too am bored and over the Muschamp era, but I will go to my grave as a fan of my alma mater.
I remember when I was a student at the University of Florida, the team had Emmitt Smith, and we barely won six or seven games each season (Smith was there for three years). It wasn’t until Steve Spurrier arrived in 1990 that the Gators became a SEC and national powerhouse. There were plenty of lean years for the Gator Nation, and frankly, most if not all of us have gotten spoiled with the three national and several SEC championships since 1990. It’s time for all of us to come back down to reality, and support the program while we begin to rebuild this once proud program.
Yes, fire Muschamp, but we must support our team. That’s what true Gator fans do.