Florida’s Muschamp knows what he’s doing, OK?

"Mark, if you ever need any tips on discipline, I'm available." (Bob Andres/AJC)

“Mark, if you ever need any tips on discipline, I’m available.” (Bob Andres/AJC)

"Mark, if you ever need any tips on discipline, I'm available." (Bob Andres/AJC)

“Mark, if you need any tips on one-play suspensions, I’m available.” (Bob Andres/AJC)

Florida planned to suspend three players — receiver Demarcus Robinson and defensive linemen Darious Cummings and Jay-nard Bostwick — for its season opener against Idaho last Saturday. The Idaho game lasted one play. After a weather delay, the Gators returned the opening kickoff. Then came another weather delay, which became a postponement and ultimately a cancellation.

Florida coach Will Muschamp announced this week that the three suspended Gators would be available for this week’s game against Eastern Michigan, their penance apparently having been served by sitting out an opening kickoff. Asked about this odd decision on Wednesday’s SEC teleconference, Muschamp — “Coach Boom” to those in the know — went boom.

From Edgar Thompson of the Orlando Sentinel comes this Muschamp response:

It’s not just about suspending players for games. There’s a lot things that go into discipline. It’s about altering and changing behavior, which we’ve done. I think our discipline speaks for itself and how we’ve handled our football team, OK? If it was about suspension, you’d never have an issue. Right?

At the the end of the day, it’s more than that. There’s a lot of things that go into those situations, a lot more than people know. And it’s very frustrating for me as a coach … to have someone being critical and you don’t even have all the information. At the end of the day, I make the decisions in this program, I handle the discipline in this program and it’s been handled very well.

I have no idea what Muschamp meant when he said, “If it was about suspension, you’d never have an issue.” Then again, I’ve often had no idea what Muschamp is doing — and I’m not sure he does, either. He’s on his third offensive coordinator in four seasons at Florida. Last year’s Gators went 4-8, the worst Florida had done since 1979. Muschamp is 0-3 against Georgia, his alma mater. (Ron Zook, by way of contrast, was 2-1 against the Bulldogs.)

At the end of the day, to invoke a Muschamp line, he has been a terrible hire and was lucky not to be fired last year. He has definitely — another Boom-ism — altered and changed the way people look at Florida football.

We used to see the Gators as one of the nation’s mightiest programs, the hated opponent Georgia couldn’t beat. Under Muschamp, Florida is 0-3 against Georgia, his alma mater, and 0-1 against Georgia Southern. At the end of the day, he’s overmatched.

Oh, and one thing more: Students of SEC history will remember another one-play suspension, this one coming against the Gators in 1987. The NCAA was investigating Auburn quarterback Jeff Burger on the allegation that he’d accepted an extra benefit. (He’d flown on a private plane, owned by an Alabama county commissioner named Johnny Mack Weed, to go hunt doves. It had been quite a year for the Cedartown native, who’d also been charged with plagiarism and public intoxication.)

Burger didn’t play against Mississippi State while the investigation was ongoing. After he was ruled ineligible by the NCAA, Auburn appealed for his reinstatement. It was granted, but Auburn said it would impose an in-house penalty because Burger didn’t cooperate with the NCAA. (Fancy that.)

Both the Gators and the Tigers were ranked in the top 10 for a Saturday night affair at Jordan-Hare. Reggie Slack, Burger’s backup, took the field for the game’s first snap. He fumbled it. Burger sprinted out to take the next one. (Said one press-box wag: “If Burger had gotten out there any faster, he’d have recovered the fumble.”) Auburn won 29-6.

“I was in a no-win situation,” Auburn coach Pat Dye said afterward, and many folks laughed out loud. Much as we’re laughing at Coach Boom’s iron-fisted “discipline” now.

From last fall: Florida’s Muschamp should already be gone.

And also this: Georgia should be thankful for Will Muschamp.

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vmoss
vmoss moderator

Go Muschamp!

MaxMose
MaxMose

florida -- tough year ahead

guaranteed losses --- alabama, fsu

probable losses -- uga, lsu

could go either way -- tennessee, south carolina, missouri

probable wins -- vanderbilt

easy wins -- eastern michigan, eastern kentucky, kentucky


if mushchamp wins 7-8 games, he can keep his job somehow since foley said last year he's behind him 1000%


Dawg350
Dawg350

Mustard the traitor is 0-7 in Jacksonville! Haha!

Dawg350
Dawg350

UGA will beat the hell out of everybody!! I'm sick of you haters, Muschamp must of stepped on a leprechaun because another will be canceled this weekend because of storms!!!! Hahahahahaha!

UnbiasedObserver
UnbiasedObserver

Funny.


Florida has won 3 National Championships since UGA has even played in one.


Year 34 now....

Grant1296
Grant1296

@Dawg350 Careful 350...

Tamp will go on the attack...Ohh wait...

When he does it , Its all just poking fun..

MaxMose
MaxMose

@UnbiasedObserver that's old history---the important thing is now--this year's team.  spurrier and meyer aren't coming back.

TampGator1
TampGator1

@Dawg350 


No they didn't.  And Gurley was a jackarse in that game last year.  But that is not his normal nature. 


@Grant1296 


You don't know how to poke fun at anyone.  Stalking is your specialty.  By the way.....based on your stalking of me and the language used in your posts, I am starting to think you may be DawgNole in disguise (since I do  not respond to him any more).    

Dawg350
Dawg350

Yes they did Tampa!!! They were pulling on his jersey when he was trying to get up off the ground after they tackled him

Dawg350
Dawg350

Funny how FlA finished 4-8 last year and we have beaten them 3 years in a row and we lead the series 49-40...., how's them facts you nerd

Dawg350
Dawg350

I know right. He is just a troll just like the rest of them....remember all the bad things he said about gurley after last years game? Hell it was pot meet kettle...his players were starting some those fights as well.

TrueDawg1986
TrueDawg1986

@Dawg350 You are absolutely correct. I replayed a few plays when it looked like Gurley was uncharacteristically pissed getting out of a pile...not only did they hold him down, they also gouged at his eyes.  NO CLASS THUGS (not all of them but some sure were).

Grant1296
Grant1296

@TampGator1 


DawgNole in disguise Tamp?????


I kinda like it...


Except for the Nole part of course...

TampGator1
TampGator1

@TrueDawg1986 @Dawg350 


Better look at that film again.  The Florida player reached up and grabbed Gurley's jersey after he shoved him into the ground....which started everything that day.  Go ahead, look before the Florida player grabbed Gurley's jersey.  He grabbed it because of what Gurley did to him. 

MaxMose
MaxMose

Dear Jeremy Foley:

Please give Coach muschamp a big raise and long-term contract extension.

Sincerely,

Mark Richt and the other 10 SEC coaches

TampGator1
TampGator1

@JaySly 


He already has.....Mr. Up to Date. Enjoy your fun, as it is not going to last much longer. 

TrueDawg1986
TrueDawg1986

@TampGator1 Seems like it is continuing but certainly I wouldnt expect UF to continue to SUCK so badly forever

Dawg350
Dawg350

Go dawgs! 15-0 baby! We are going to be champions this year! The 2015 class will be a monster class!!!

TampGator1
TampGator1

@Dawg350 


But will you graduate middle school with the 2016 class?  Geography remains in the way.  Too bad, baby! 

TampGator1
TampGator1

@Baghead


"No, you shut up!" 

(Do you need to study for your geography test, too?)

Dawg350
Dawg350

Bag head...do us all a favor....keep the bag on.

Dawg350
Dawg350

West Virgina should of beat y'all...y'all have no QB!!! Hahaha!

Dawg350
Dawg350

Tampa...how you doing this morning you loser??? Ya know their is a big chance of storms this sat against that cupcake y'all are playing? The game probably will get canceled again...are y'all really going to play 10 games this season? Are y'all a high school team now? Hahahahahahahaha

Dawg350
Dawg350

Good to know you can laugh at your loser gators instead of crying, muschamp is on his way out the door,,,,bye bye!

TrueDawg1986
TrueDawg1986

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie Guess your boys on Defense were out at the bus corner while WVU was shoving the ball down that VAUNTED Bammer defense's THROATS....Keep on hating TROLL

RED DOG 77
RED DOG 77

While I read this fear coach Pruitt will bolt for Florida when WM is gone.............This DAWG doesn't buy it. Jeremy Pruitt while no doubt a brilliant coach has moved up the ladder lightning fast..........if I'm not mistaken he is only three years removed as a high school head coach. I believe he came to Georgia for a reason, coach Richt, and coach Richt will help Jeremy develop contacts and relationships with other coaches while at Georgia........Point is coach Pruitt needs a mentor.......... he couldn't find that at Alabama or Florida State.............Coach Richt will be that for him...........So, if coach Jeremy Pruitt continues his winning ways at Georgia, you can expect him to stay at least three years after this year............then he will be gone.............to Florida, Alabama or anywhere he wants . You can bet when he came to Georgia he asked coach Richt to teach him how to be a head coach and Richt said ok. "build a defense, I'll teach you how"

Baghead
Baghead

@RED DOG 77 What about if he steps up and takes over when birdhair Richt retires in 3 years?  Why does he have to leave?  Maybe Richt said I'll coach you up to be the new HC in Athens?  

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

@RED DOG 77 LOL...Richt a mentor....OH hell give me a break


How to manage a roster

How to control discipline

Speed dial to police dept


You sir are f delusional

TampGator1
TampGator1

"Point is coach Pruitt needs a mentor.......... he couldn't find that at Alabama."


@RED DOG 77


Are you serious?  Wow. Suggest you check around college football to see how many current assistant coaches and head coaches coached under Nick Saban at Bama, LSU, and Miami. 


Your award for the post insight of the day: DO THE WAVE.  



paulmacon
paulmacon

My greatest fear is the when Li'l Willy gets the axe, coach Pruitt will be called on to rebuild the dynasty.  

TampGator1
TampGator1

@paulmacon 


Na....he is staying at Georgia to rebuild the 1980 Georgia dynasty.  Will isn't going anywhere but to the playoffs soon.  Have a nice evening anyway.

OkieDawg
OkieDawg

I did not see that coming...but you could be right. Foley is going to come after him with those Gator Bucks. Why would he refuse? The scale says: UGA $1.2 mill as a D-coordinator at UGA or $3 mill as The Head Gator! He's a Gator! Why did you put this in my head? I may not be able to sleep for a week. But Pruitt is a gunslinger for hire!

TampGator1
TampGator1

@OkieDawg 


You and Paulie can rest on the fact that Will Muschamp will be the HC at Florida for a long time. But I am not so sure who will be the Georgia DC in a year or two....maybe even next year.  Sleep tight and well tonight. 

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

@OkieDawg Ok calm down , last I heard Coach Boom has this season to save his job .Pruitt is not ready to run a football program ,he has been a DC for less than 2 years. One game into a DC job at UGA does not make Pruitt a head coach candidate at a SEC school,especially Florida.His best bet is to settle in at UGA, if the team is as successful collect pay increases every year and become CMR'S head coach in waiting.