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Should Muschamp Have An Open Door Policy This Spring?

It’s expected that new Florida football coach Will Muschamp will lock the gates this spring and prevent fans and media from eying his team’s practices.  (Eyeing or eying is correct, by the way.)

Muschamp hasn’t announced his official plans yet, but when in doubt, it’s usually a safe bet that coaches will close practices.  They’re a paranoid lot.

Hays Carlyon of The Florida Times-Union believes closing out the fans could be a mistake:

Muschamp’s reputation is very much a work in progress with Gators fans.  After all, this is his first head-coaching job.  All they can judge Muschamp on is a recruiting class that former coach Urban Meyer largely built.

For all his tremendous accomplishments at Florida, Meyer allowed a disconnect to form between him and the fans.

He closed practices.  He limited fan access.  He stopped going to booster clubs.

Muschamp should reverse course.

And Florida fans were complaining about this “disconnect” when?  Not after national titles in 2006 and 2008.  Only when UF skidded to an 8-win season this past year.

We’re as much for open practices as the next media guy, but fans care about wins and losses.  If he opens practices, sure, Muschamp will buy himself a couple more strands of rope as he rebuilds Florida.  But if he loses games — with open practices or closed practices — he’ll eventually see any rope he’s given turn into a noose.

Sidenote — During Southern Cal’s run of dominance under Pete Carroll, the doors to Trojan practices were almost always open.  Some guys are scared of spies.  Some aren’t.



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