Published May 20, 2011 - 5:52am
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If you’re a Florida Gator fan, you hate FSU. It is innate in an individual when you are forming in the womb – if you like Florida, you hate FSU. You don’t have respect for them. You don’t open the door for them when you are leaving a restaurant, and you certainly do not pick up the tab.
However, recent Will Muschamp comments lead me to believe that Muschamp likely would pick up the tab due to the fact he has had a close relationship with Jimbo Fisher.
Fisher and Muschamp used to coach together way back when at LSU. They have mutual respect for one another. They share a beach condo.
Muschamp even recently went so far as to remove a tradition Urban Meyer brought to Florida. On the schedule inside the locker room, Meyer had FSU labeled as the “School Out West” or SOW. Now, Muschamp just labeled it as FSU.
This simple task sent Gator fans into a frenzy.
Here are some recent comments from Will Muschamp about Jimbo Fisher at FSU.
“We have a very good relationship and see things a lot the same in how you run a program and what you do and coaching football,” he said of Fisher. “We have a lot of similar coaching characteristics other than he is on the offensive side and I am on the defensive side.”
Muschamp was then asked about the FSU program under Fisher.
“I think the first that would jump out at you is how they progressed through the year,” Muschamp responded about being impressed with Fisher’s original year on the job. “That’s the one thing you want to do is to improve each week and each game. Through the season’s end you really improved your play and from the middle part to the latter part of the season, the improvement. It’s a credit to coaching and getting guys to buy in and stay with the process.”
Maybe all Florida and FSU fans will be singing Kumbaya next year around November, or maybe even at the beach? My guess is Muschamp will get a genuine taste for the hatred between the programs in year one. His love-love relationship with his school’s biggest foe hopefully will not last long.
On a more modern and up-to-date side note, FSU has been a laughing stock in possibly the worst conference in America for several years now. If they do not win the ACC with all the “talent” they are signing in Tallahassee, it will be an utter failure for Fisher and his regiment. If you believe FSU is “back”, just check out the attendance on game day.