Muschamp’s overtime home loss to South Carolina was the straw that broke the camel’s back for his tenure in Florida.
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Florida has reportedly fired football head coach Will Muschamp after losing to the South Carolina Gamecocks this past Saturday, according to Sports Illustrated college football writer Andy Staples:
http://t.co/4bXilNU6qk has learned that Will Muschamp has been dismissed at Florida. Story upcoming.
— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) November 16, 2014
Muschamp, who took over the Gators when coaching icon Urban Meyer retired after the 2010 season, started off his tenure with winning seasons in his first two seasons. But in 2013, after being predicted to be a top 10 team, the team finished 4-8 – their first year without a bowl game since 1990 and their first losing season since 1979.
The 2014 season began with two straight wins, including a win over Kentucky, but a road loss to Alabama, followed by a meager 1-point win over Tennessee, and then two straight losses to LSU and Missouri put Muschamp squarely in the hot seat. Two straight road victories – one over Vanderbilt and another in a huge upset over #11 Georgia – gave Muschamp some breathing room, but apparently Saturday’s loss to their SEC East division rival South Carolina Gamecocks was the final straw.
Muschamp’s career record at Florida was 27-20. The Gators won the Gator Bowl in 2011, but lost the Sugar Bowl in 2012.
UPDATE: New reports now state that Muschamp will not be immediately dismissed, but will not be brought back for the 2015 season. He is expected to coach the final two games of the season before stepping down – bowl eligibility or not.
Will Muschamp will coach final 2 games, stepping down as UF’s coach, source told @ESPN
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) November 16, 2014