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Things Go From Bad To Worse For Florida’s Muschamp

NCAA Football: Jacksonville State at FloridaThird-year Florida coach Will Muschamp managed to hold onto his job following an injury-riddled 4-8 campaign.  The unstated goal is pretty clear: Fix the offense and show big improvement next year.

That might not be as easy as Muschamp would hope.

Gator quarterback Tyler Murphy — who filled in for the injured Jeff Driskel before succumbing to injury himself — has decided to transfer.  Murphy had been rumored to be leaving all week, but he denied those stories to his coach… before the dropping the bomb.  As a graduate, he can transfer and play immediately elsewhere.

Freshman quarterback Max Staver is also transferring from Gainesville.  Add ‘em up and it means Florida’s offense will have Driskel back and up-until-now third-stringer Skyler Mornhinweg as scholarship signal-callers in 2014.  UF is also expected to sign blue-chip prospect Will Grier, but at this point, who knows?

Since the end of the regular season, Murphy, Staver, fullback Rhaheim Ledbetter, tight end Kent Taylor and offensive linemen Quinteze Williams, Trevon Young and Ian Silberman have all made the decision to leave the Gator program.  Muschamp also fired offensive coordinator Brent Pease and offensive line coach Tim Davis.

All those departures open up room for signees in this year’s class, but in a back-to-the-wall season, the last thing a coach needs is inexperienced youth combined with a brand spanking new O-coordinator teaching a new system.  Muschamp will get his chance to turn things around.  But the odds of him actually doing so are growing longer.

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