When some monumental event occurs in your life, you remember exactly where you were.
I remember where I was the day I heard that Will Muschamp was hired.
For several years after we got married, my wife and I got together with another married couple around Christmas. We would go to their house and have a dinner and exhange small presents. These friends lived in Athens, and we decided that we would take a trip to the Mall of Georgia and have dinner and do some Christmas shopping. Having to fight the crowds was much more tolerable with friends than going it alone.
After a day of fighting the crowds, we decided to eat a nice dinner and forego the food court, though a good food court is hard to beat. We were eating some Bang Bang Shrimp at Bonefish near the Mall of Georgia, and the 2010 Heisman Trophy Celebration was on the bar TV. I was going to the bathroom and walked by the TV, and I saw the breaking news. Then during dinner my phone started blowing up.
I thought, “Wow! What a great hire by Florida. This means trouble for UGA.”
My mindset at the time was Georgia was 6-6 with an embattled head coach. Florida just hired probably the best assistant coach at the time.
I’m glad to be wrong.
I found out Muschamp was fired while driving home Sunday morning. My wife as on Facebook and said, “Will Muschamp was fired this morning.” My response?
“Oh, Ok. What’s for lunch?”
Muschamp was a flop as a head coach, but was definitely the right hire at the time. Like we say about our situation in Athens, the devil you know is better than the devil you don’t know. Sometimes the next big thing isn’t what it is all cracked up to be. Muschamp will be a defensive coordinator at a high-profile job soon…and he will become a head coach again at another
BCS Power 5 Conference school.
When that day comes, he needs to evaluate what went wrong at Florida.
First, what went right. He is a phenomenal defensive mind, and clearly can bring in high level defensive talent. Florida’s SEC rank in total defense while Muschamp was at Florida:
But what went wrong. Florida was consistently the most (or near the bottom) penalized team in the SEC during Muschamp’s tenure. That is a reflection of their head coach. The man is a maniac on the sidelines. You can’t expect your players to play with discipline if your coach doesn’t have any. And the offense was, well, offensive. Here are SEC rankings for penalty YPG and scoring offense:
2011: 12th(out of 12); 60 ypg……..8th; 26 ppg
2012: 14th; 69 ypg………….10th; 27 ppg
2013: 14th; 59 ypg…………14th; 18 ppg
2014: 12th; 58 ypg……….9th; 29 ppg
Hey, give Boom credit for something. The Florida offense actually had improved this year.
It will be interesting to see where Muschamp lands. Since he is going to be getting paid big bucks, he can afford to be picky.