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After Saturday's sparsely attended 34-17 home loss to Vanderbilt -- the first home loss to the Commodores since 1945 -- the Florida Gators find themselves in need of an upset over South Carolina this Saturday or vs. Florida State on Nov. 30 just to become bowl eligible.
UF's 4-5 start represents a remarkable plummet from last year's 11-2 finish and Sugar Bowl berth. While injuries have decimated the Gators on both sides of the ball and are at least somewhat responsible for the disappointing campaign, it's only natural that the bulk of the blame eventually falls on the coach.
So it probably came as no surprise Sunday night when some frustrated Gators fans took to the Bull Gator statue outside the UF football offices to express their displeasure with Will Muschamp in the form of a sign calling for his job:
-- Fire Will Muschamp (@fire_muschamp) November 11, 2013 The sign also urges administrators to give offensive coordinator Brent Pease the ax -- and maybe they have a point; UF ranks 111th in the country in total offense.
But the loudest noise from Gator Nation is calling for Muschamp, whose record in three seasons at UF will likely sit at 23-15 at season's end -- if he makes it there. (By comparison, Ron Zook was 23-14 on the Gators sideline when he was fired in 2004.)
Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley has reportedly given Muschamp a private vote of confidence , but it doesn't seem to bode well for Muschamp that Foley hasn't publicly backed the third-year coach.
Given all of Florida's injury woes, you've got to imagine Muschamp will get another season to prove his worth in Gainesville. But since the fans who are still showing up to the Swamp are already pushing to have him fired as is, it would probably serve him well to not get completely embarrassed down the stretch.
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If you think that things couldn't have gotten a lot worse for the Florida Gators football program, then they did. They got a lot worse. They got Put-Will-Muschamp-On-The-Freaking-Hotseat Worse. That'll happen when you lose at home to Vanderbilt for the first time since two years after the Second World War ended (that's 1947 folks!). Elsewhere in the SEC, Alabama got a...
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Gators have already lost their starting quarterback, their top defensive lineman and their most experienced running back to season-ending injuries.
Add their top tackler to the list.
Florida coach Will Muschamp announced Monday that sophomore starting middle linebacker Antonio Morrison, who leads the Gators with 56 tackles, will miss the rest of the season...
What if Will Muschamp oversaw the daily operations of a gator-shoe business?
OK, let's back up one step: What if you were the president of a large supplier to U.S. retail industries and one of your big businesses were gator shoes?
The executive who formerly oversaw this business retired, having had his fill of the job's high demands and higher stress and believing the business...
Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison is out for the year, becoming the team's 10th player to sustain a season-ending injury.
Morrison, who leads the team with 49 tackles, tore meniscus in a knee in Saturday's 34-17 loss to Vanderbilt.
Without Morrison, Mike Taylor will move to middle linebacker for Saturday's game at South Carolina and freshman Jarrad Davis will start...
Is Florida Gators football coach Will Muschamp on the proverbial hot seat? Some members of Gator Nation are already calling for him to be fired.
It's officially basketball season in Gainesville. For the fans who haven't gotten into the mood quite yet, this 2013-14 Florida Gators hype video should do the trick.
Florida quarterback Tyler Murphy probably will be a game-time decision against No. 11 South Carolina.
Offensive coordinator Brent Pease says Murphy's throwing shoulder is still sore and could keep him out against the Gamecocks on Saturday night.
Murphy sprained his right shoulder against LSU last month. He started the last three games, losses against Missouri, Georgia and Vanderbilt...
The Gators are now recruiting Ocala Vanguard tight end Elkanah Dillon.
Badger Nation Photographer Max Siker showcases these images from No.20 Wisconsin's victory over No.11 Florida Gators.
With Florida's historical loss to Vanderbilt, the Gators are looking for any kind of light at the end of the tunnel. During that search, what the team has is each other. Senior offensive guard Jon Halapio said following the game that they will play the rest of the year for each other and gives you a little more insight into what he and the team is thinking in this short segment...
Florida quarterback Tyler Murphy is reportedly a game-time decision for the Gators' game against South Carolina this Saturday.
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After finishing 11-2 in 2012, the Florida Gators were hoping to build on that season and contend for an SEC Championship this year. The Gators started out 4-1 with an early season loss to the Miami Hurricanes being the only hiccup. Since then, the season has come off the rails with a host of injuries that have contributed greatly to four straight losses...
Billy Donovan understood the situation in his postgame interview on Florida's radio broadcast. The Gators didn’t have a full roster because of three suspended players, and multiple players on the court are still battling nagging injuries. The positives were still easy to spot, as No. 11 Florida showed improvement from its season opener while falling to No. 20 Wisconsin 59-53.
Since defensive tackle Dominique Easley was lost for the season, the Florida run defense has taken a nosedive. The Gators allowed 55.3 yards per game on the ground in their first three games this season with Easley healthy, but since his injury in practice, Florida is giving up 136.8 yards per game on the ground. And it doesn't get any easier this weekend in Columbia, S.C.
Florida will make the trek to Madison to take on Wisconsin Tuesday night, but they’ll make the trip with a short roster. The Gators will have eight scholarship players available to face the Badgers, but even among those, there are multiple injuries. Eli Carter, Michael Frazier and Will Yeguete are all playing through injuries early this season.