You can accuse Florida Gators football coach Will Muschamp of lacking in many areas last season: A lack of offensive imagination, a lack of offensive playmakers and, mostly, a lack of victories. However, a lack of discipline and accountability within his program isn't something I've ever heard associated with Muschamp. At least until earlier this week. "When we won 11 games (two years ago), my energy and passion were my strength," Muschamp told me Thursday. "Now that we went 4-8, we're out of control." Muschamp was referring to a story earlier this week in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in which former Gator center Jon Harrison discussed what the culture in the UF locker room was like as the Gators endured a historically bad season that ended with a seven-game losing streak. Are you ready for the monumental smoking gun that hit all the fan message boards earlier this week and created a mini-media frenzy surrounding UF's program? Well, here it is: The Gators were bad last season and they were mad about it! Therefore, Muschamp should be fired because he has lost control of the team! Anybody who has ever read my column knows that I have never been one to sugar-coat the shady shenanigans that often transpire in the big-money world of college football, but this might go down as one of the most overblown reactions in the brief history of the blogosphere. To paint Muschamp's program as out of control because of a couple incidents that happened last season is absolutely laughable. In the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story, Harrison recalled a situation last season in which a couple of his younger teammates tried to sneak a girl into the team hotel the night before a game. Oh, the humanity! College kids trying to sneak girls into their room! My God, shut down the program! What was left out of the story, Muschamp said, is that he identified the offending player the night before Florida was playing South Carolina on the road. "I put his butt on a bus in Columbia, South Carolina (on Saturday morning) and sent him home to Gainesville," Muschamp said. Does this sound like a coach who tolerates nonsense within his program? The other so-called major incident that happened last season is that Harrison told the story of a couple of teammates who got into a shoving match in the locker room following a stunning 26-20 loss to Georgia Southern – UF's first ever defeat to a Football Championship Subdivision team.
Gators coach Will Muschamp: Program is not 'out of control'
Orlando Sentinel | Apr 25