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Muschamp Plays Down Friendship With Fisher

When was the last time two rival coaches at two big-time football factories shared ownership of a beach house?  Before Florida hired Will Muschamp, it had probably never happened.  But Muschamp and his old friend Jimbo Fisher — Florida State’s coach — have shared ownership of a beach house in Panama City for about 10 years.

Just don’t think their old friendship is going to get in the way of the Sunshine Showdown.

“Who?” Muschamp answered when asked about Fisher by a fan at a Gator Club rally last night. 

“We won a lot of football games and competed every day,” he said of Fisher.  “Somebody said, ‘What’s it gonna be like competing?’  I said, ‘Well, we competed every day for about five years.’”

The two coaches worked together on Terry Bowden’s staff at Auburn in the 1990s and then served as Nick Saban’s offensive (Fisher) and defensive (Muschamp) coordinators at LSU from 2001 to 2004.

Both coaches have their own programs, their careers, and millions of dollars on the line these days.  They may have competed in the past, but their friendship has never had to withstand the competition they’re about to kick off in 2011.

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