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Muschamp On Shaky Ground, Pease Almost Certainly Doomed… Maybe It’s Time Florida Brings Back Tebow

tebow-as-mosesFlorida head coach Will Muschamp is expected to retain his job in Gainesville for one more season.  Of course, that’s barring worst case scenarios like twin blowout losses to South Carolina and Florida State or an “anything’s possible” nosedive against Georgia Southern.

But even if Gator AD Jeremy Foley gives his prize hire one more year to fix the mess at the Swamp, it’s hard to imagine offensive coordinator Brent Pease returning.  Most Florida fans would view his departure as part of what it would take to actually fix the current situation.

Pease knows what’s being said and he must understand the writing on the wall, too:

 

“It’s the same thing we tell the kids, you’ve got to be mentally tough.  You’ve got to shut it our sometimes.  And I understand what people are saying and (what they are) frustrated with.

Do they understand all of the circumstances?  Not all of the time.  But you’ve got to work through it.  In my situation, I don’t think you can lose confidence in who you are and what you believe in and how you got to do your job.

Last year it was a situation where we knew how to manufacture and get wins.  I wouldn’t say highly explosive, what you want to be, but it was productive.  We were a lot healthier in spots, too.  It’s tough but you’ve got to work though it…

I mean, it’s human nature to probably think about (job security), but, you know, I’ve still got an obligation to this team, and the head coach and the players I coach and the administration that I work for.”

 

To make matters worse for Pease, Muschamp and Gator Nation, Florida might be forced to go to third-string, redshirt freshman quarterback Skyler Mornhinweg for Saturday’s game at South Carolina.  Tyler Murphy, who took over for the injured Jeff Driskel early in the season, is now questionable due to a sprained throwing shoulder of his own.

In fairness to Florida’s coaches, no team has suffered this many lost men since Yul Brynner sent his guys into the Red Sea after Charlton Heston.

Also, Pease isn’t the first coordinator to struggle in Gainesville in recent years.  This year his Gators are 13th in the SEC in scoring offense and 14th in total offense.  Last year, they were 12th in total offense and 10th in scoring offense under Pease.

Two years ago, Charlie Weis’ unit finished eighth in the 12-team SEC in scoring and 10th in offense.

And remember when Steve Addazio was the problem?  In 2010 his Gators finished 10th in total offense and eight in scoring offense, identical to Weis’ numbers.

Basically, Florida’s offense has flamed out since the departure of Tim Tebow.  As a senior in 2009 he led Addazio’s group to the second best scoring average in the SEC while racking up the most yards of any team in the league.

Come to think of it, perhaps the Gators should beg Tebow to return as O-coordinator.  It appears he’s the only guy who can get Florida’s offense moving.  And he’d also be handy to have around in case any Egyptians ever try to cross Newnans Lake.

“Let my offense go!”

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SEC Headlines 7/5/2013

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1. Question asked at Vanderbilt after four players have been dismissed from the team: “Is this what winning football includes?”

2. SEC shifting styles? “Blame it on Texas A&M, Missouri, Ole Miss, Auburn and Tennessee…”

3. ESPN’s Brock Huard on what one defensive coordinator told him about Johnny Manziel: “He thinks he has a bull’s eye on him this offseason. That target will get bigger through the season.”

4. What does South Carolina need from running back Mike Davis? “To be both durable and productive if the Gamecocks are to have a legitimate offense.”

5. Linebacker Avery Williamson will play a key role in Kentucky’s switch from a 3-4 to a 4-3 defense.

6. One reason to worry about LSU? Tigers lost six players from their defensive line.

7. Tennessee with the best offensive line in the SEC?

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8. Missouri had an extra $1 million in unanticipated athletic department travel expenses in its first year in the SEC.

9. Bill Schmidt signed Michael Jordan to be the spokesman for Gatorade and was CEO of Oakley.  He also twice applied to be athletic director at Tennessee.

10. Nebraska developing a sideline concussion assessment tool.

11. How former Florida assistant coach Steve Addazio is changing the recruiting culture at Boston College.

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12, The hype hasn’t waned at Tennessee for incoming freshman Robert Hubbs.

13. With all the talk about transfers in college basketball, here’s a stat for you.  Transfer rate among basketball players – 10% to 11%.  Transfer rate for all students – about 33%.

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14. Even in July, sideline reporting can be hazardous duty.

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All Nine Of Meyer’s Assistants Have Landed New Gigs

Urban Meyer’s decision to up and retire at the end of the 2010 football season left a number of coaches — and their families — looking for new homes.  As of today, all nine of Meyer’s ex-aides have jobs.

DJ Durkin (linebackers/special teams) and Brian White (tight ends/fullbacks) were retained by Will Muschamp. 

Zach Azzani, who served as UF’s receivers coach was hired as Western Kentucky’s offensive coordinator today.  The remaining coaches who’ve found work elsewhere are:

* Steve Addazio — head coach at Temple
* Chuck Heater — defensive coordinator at Temple
* Scot Loeffler — offensive coordinator at Temple
* Teryl Austin — secondary coach for the Baltimore Ravens
* Dan McCarney — head coach at North Texas
* Stan Drayton — running backs coach at Ohio State

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SEC Coaching Rumors – 1/13/11

Just a couple of quick updates regarding possible SEC coaching movement:

* The name of Arkansas offensive coordinator Garrick McGee continues to bubble up in the great cauldron of coaching rumors.  McGee interviewed with UConn, but it’s believed the Huskies will move in another direction.  Former Miami O-coordinator Mark Whipple was expected to be Connecticut’s choice, but reports now link Dallas Cowboys assistant and former Syracuse head coach Paul Pasqualoni to the job.  McGee is still a possibility at Tulsa, however.  Bobby Petrino confirmed yesterday that his assistant did interview for the head coaching job at that school on Wednesday.  FootballScoop.com reports that McGee will meet with Tulsa’s president today.  Former Tulsa offensive coordinator Chad Morris is believed to be the front-runner for the Golden Hurricane job.

* Tennessee receivers coach Charlie Baggett has been reported to be a candidate for the same position with the Dallas Cowboys.  Baggett served in that capacity with the Miami Dolphins under Nick Saban.  Also on that Dolphins staff?  New Dallas coach Jason Garrett.

* Former Florida and Urban Meyer assistant Chuck Heater is expected to join Steve Addazio’s staff at Temple as defensive coordinator.  Heater was safeties coach with the Gators and co-coordinator.

* We’ve gotten some emails regarding rumors that Vanderbilt’s James Franklin is interested in luring defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel from West Virginia.  It appears — as far as we can tell — that that talk has died down and that Casteel will remain in Morgantown.  WVU head coach Bill Stewart announced last week that his “coaching staff for 2011 is complete” and that Casteel would be “heading up our defense.”

* And former Auburn offensive coordinator Al Borges is moving with Brady Hoke from San Diego State to Michigan.  Borges — the man who directed AU’s offense that last time the Tigers went undefeated back in 2004 — will serve as UM’s quarterbacks coach and O-coordinator.

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SEC Headlines – 12/23/2010 Part One

1. Atlanta TV station on A.J. Green: “There is a 100 percent chance he is gone,” but his Twitter posts indicate he hasn’t made up his mind just yet.

2. ESPN and Urban Meyer are talking.

3. The impact of Steve Addazio’s departure at Florida. Ivan Maisel thinks he’s a good fit at Temple.

4. First time in 30 years. Furman 91 – South Carolina 75.

5. Gators bounce back. Florida 66 – Radford 55

6. Doron Lamb sets a UK freshman record.  Kentucky 89 – Winthrop 52

7. If Tennessee loses to Belmont (9-2) tonight, it would be the first time in the Bruce Pearl era the team has lost four straight.

8. The 8-2 Georgia Bulldogs travel to Mercer tonight.

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Addazio Lands Temple Coaching Job

Florida fans need to say a big “thank you” to the folks at the University of Miami.  I know, I know… that’ll never happen.  But still, the Hurricanes’ decision to hire Al Golden helped lead the bane of Gator Nation right out of town.

Much maligned UF offensive coordinator Steve Addazio has accepted the head coaching job vacated by Golden at Temple.  Addazio is expected to remain on Urban Meyer’s staff and coach in the Outback Bowl against Penn State.

Interestingly, as much as Gator fans ripped Addazio this year — blaming every offensive woe on him — the coach was actually a pretty popular guy on the coaching carousel this offseason.

Orangebloods.com reported yesterday that Texas would be bringing in Addazio as the Longhorns’ new offensive line coach.  Instead, he’ll take over a now decent Owls program in Philadelphia.

All of this — as state above — is great news for Florida fans.  The chances of Addazio landing a spot on Will Muschamp’s new staff were slim to nil, but the Temple hiring removes all doubt.  Addazio will not be back in Gainesville.  And now the UF offense will be the best in the land again, right?

Right?

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SEC Headlines 12/19/2010 Part Two

1. Gators offensive coordinator Steve Addazio is a candidate at Temple.

2. Kevin Scarbinsky likes Mark Cuban’s college football playoff-plan.

3. Auburn returns to the football field for the first time since beating South Carolina.

4. Quarterback Stephen Garcia is the poster child for the Gamecocks recent bowl struggles.

5. The 10 moments to remember from the 2010 LSU football team.

6. Joker Phillips clarifies the co-defensive coordinator relationship at Kentucky.

7. This year’s Tennessee basketball team is a history-making bunch and that’s not always a good thing.

8. The 30 things Andy Katz learned from watching college basketball on Saturday.

9. How times have changed. Back in 1962, Ohio State turned down a Rose Bowl invitation because classes started the day after the game.

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SEC Headlines – 12/13/10 Part Two

1.  Will Muschamp is already making moves in Gainesville…

2.  Even though he won’t be introduced as UF’s new coach until tomorrow at 6pm.

3.  Just what Gator fans don’t want to hear — a national recruiting guru says Florida needs to keep Steve Addazio.  D’oh!

4.  Addazio and the rest of the UF staff are in limbo.  (How ’bout all those folks who just signed on last winter.  Rough.)

5.  Is Muschamp going to run the defense himself… or bring in Kirby Smart from Alabama?

6.  This writer believes Smart would be taking a risk to join Muschamp.

7.  Georgia is back at work in preparation for the Liberty Bowl.

8.  Sounds like receiver AJ Green is getting closer and closer to turning pro.

9.  Mark Bradley of The AJC says that if Mark Richt can’t win the SEC East in 2011, he needs to be fired.  (Which is exactly why we’ve said time and again that Richt should have been campaigned for the jobs at Colorado and/or Miami.)

10.  Tennessee point guard Melvin Goins says, “I go out there trying to prove I belong.”

11.  Former Vanderbilt defensive coordinator Bruce Fowler has officially been named the new head coach at Furman.


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MSU Fans Might Now Have Reason To Worry

The retirement of Urban Meyer — if it sticks this time — could lead to some major changes across the SEC.

Let’s guess for now that Steve Addazio won’t be promoted to fill Meyer’s chair.  Would Florida make a run at Dan Mullen?  The ex-Gator coordinator knows the school, has recruiting ties in the state, understands Meyer’s offense, knows many of the current players and — for good measure — came back into The Swamp this fall and beat UF.

Even Mississippi State fans who believe the MSU job to be better than the open Miami gig would have to admit that Florida does have a leg up on State.

Here are some questions to ask:

1.  How long has Meyer known he was going to step down?

2.  If Jeremy Foley knew this was coming, has he already spoken to candidate?

3.  Get ready to see a lot of the same ol’ names trotted out for this one. 

Here’s the official story from the UF athletics site.

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Urban Meyer says he’s expecting Steve Addazio to return as offensive coordinator

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Offensive coordinator Steve Addazio has drawn much of the criticism for the offense's struggles. (Orlando Sentinel photo)

In his second season as offensive coordinator, Steve Addazio has taken a lot of the heat from fans for the Gators’ offensive struggles. But coach Urban Meyer said Monday that right now he anticipates Addazio staying in that position next season.

“I am expecting that to happen,” Meyer said. “I’ll have further updates as we get closer to the bowl game. Like I said, everybody’s out recruiting and doing their business.”

Florida ranks 79th in total offense. The best team in the country in pass efficiency a year ago, the Gators are 85th this season. And only four teams in the country rank lower than the Gators in red zone offense – Wyoming, Florida Atlantic, Washington State and Buffalo.

Meyer said he’s still in the evaluation process, but the Gators will have at least one position to fill with defensive line coach Dan McCarney’s departure for North Texas. GA Tony Weaver is filling in in the interim.


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