GAINESVILLE, Fla. The cultural shift taking place is certainly not unprecedented. In some ways what Will Muschamp is doing is what Steve Spurrier did 22 years ago to the Florida football program.
When Spurrier returned to Gainesville to take over his alma mater, the Gators had been a run-oriented, in-your-face defense kind of program for much of the previous decade under coaches Charley Pell, Galen Hall and Gary Darnell. Star running back Emmitt Smith carried the Gators almost single-handedly in the three seasons previous to Spurriers installation of his Fun N Gun offense in 1990.
Once Spurrier left after a record-setting 12-year run, Ron Zook heavily relied on quarterback Rex Grossmans gun-slinger mentality for better or worse. Next, Urban Meyer and his spread-option offense won two national titles in six seasons.
On Saturday afternoon at The Swamp the nickname coined by Spurrier 20 years ago for Ben Hill Griffin Stadium the Florida-South Carolina game offers ample storylines...