The University of Florida’s fans clamor for change has been met with the response many Gator’s fans have been hoping for the majority of this season, and stemming for last year. Head Coach Will Muschamp will be stepping down as the Gator’s head football coach.
The news came just a day following the loss the Gators suffered at the hands of the South Caroline Gamecocks in overtime. After leading for most of the 2nd half, the Gamecocks were able to force overtime be scoring a touchdown in the final minute, after blocking both a Gators field goal attempt and a punt.
The collapse at the Swamp was simply just another chapter in what has been a largely ineffective tenure with Muschamp serving as the coach of the Gators.
While Muschamp did get the Gators ranked up to number 2 in the country during the 2012 season, even that season ended with a disappointing loss to Louisville in the Sugar Bowl.
The year following was one of the worst the Gators had seen in decades. The Gators finished the year only winning 4 games, missing a bowl game for the first time since 1990, and finished with their worst record overall, 4-8, since 1979.
While there is some credence to the idea that much of the Gators struggles could be attributed to injury problems, however, losses to Vanderbilt and Georgia Southern cast a massive cloud over the Gator Nation.
While the Gators hopes to return to a bowl game this year remain alive, Muschamp has elected to step down following another disappointing season.
The lone bright spot on the Gators season so far is the upset victory over the Georgia Bulldogs in Jacksonville this season, marking Muschamp’s first victory in the rivalry as both a player and a coach.
With the end of the Muschamp era on the horizon the Gators must now look forward to the future, and begin to determine who will take the reigns of the Gators in the future.
The Gators will likely eye someone with an eye for offense.
UF Athletic Director Jeremy Foley has stated he would like to have a coach selected by Christmas.