November 11th, 2013 01:30 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt
Tags: Bear Bryant, Gators, Jeremy Foley, SEC
Apparently there will be no vote of confidence for Will Muschamp at Florida. There will be no puff of “we’re going to keep him” white smoke from the chimney above Jeremy Foley’s office. At least it doesn’t appear that one’s on the way.
“Although Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley has reportedly voiced his support for Muschamp privately, he has yet to do so publicly, and a humiliating loss to Vanderbilt has only further swelled speculation about the entire coaching staff’s job security.”
Plenty of Gator fans are angry enough to boot the third-year coach right now. As in today. Forget all the injuries (Florida lost another starter for the year on Saturday). Muschamp could lose a full 85 men to the infirmary and fans would still be angry after losses. Especially losses like the one to Vanderbilt.
But Muschamp won 11 games last season and was one close loss to Georgia away from playing for the SEC crown and possibly the BCS title. Stop. Re-read that sentence. Now consider that Florida fans want the man canned and their program thrown asunder — again — after only three years.
We at MrSEC.com know all about Muschamp’s overall record and its similarity to Ron Zook’s. But Zook never posted more than eight wins in a season during his three-year cup of coffee in Gainesville. Muschamp has.
A look at the schedule (Georgia Southern, South Carolina, Florida State) suggests that Muschamp will probably finish the season with a three-year mark of 23-15. Aside from the 11-win season that no one in the Sunshine State seemed to care about, the best thing going for Coach Boom is the fact that Foley hasn’t fared to well in his hires.
Zook: Gone in three years.
Urban Meyer: Two BCS titles but embarrassing off-field issues and a program in total disarray by the end of his six-year run. Oh, and he also ditched Florida for health reas… sorry, he also ditched Florida for Ohio State.
Now Muschamp. If Foley blows him up the next hire he makes — if it backfires — could be his last. He’s viewed as a great AD, yes, but if money declines thanks to lackluster football, a drop in booster checks, and a decline in attendance, someone will be held responsible. And Foley can only keep hiring short-timers for so long.
The temperature of Muschamp’s seat only emphasizes how much the game has changed. Coaches do not get time to build anymore. Just forget it. It doesn’t happen.
If the Gators’ current coach does finish the year at 23-15, he’ll have a winning mark of 60% in his first three years.
Bear Bryant wasn’t much of a fast starter, either. From 1946 through ’48 he won 64.5% of his games at Kentucky (20-9-2). From ’54 through ’56 he won 56.6% of his games at Texas A&M (17-11-2). At Alabama, he started 20-7-5 from ’58 through ’60 (62.5%). He also wound up coaching in Tuscaloosa for 25 seasons in and won six consensus national titles.
There are other coaches from past eras who started slowly only to build big winners. Tom Osborne, John McKay, Vince Dooley. Dooley had a winning percentage of just 64% after his first seven seasons in Athens. He’s third all-time in SEC victories in case you didn’t know.
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