Foley, Muschamp release statements on coaching change at Florida
The Florida Gators have released statements from both Will Muschamp and athletic director Jeremy Foley following today’s news that Muschamp will be dismissed as Florida’s head coach after the regular season.
“Upon evaluation of our football program, we are not where the program needs to be and should be,” Foley said in the official school release. “I will be forever grateful to Will and his staff for their unwavering commitment to the University of Florida and the mission of our athletic program.”
“Will is as fine a man as you will ever meet, and I will always cherish our relationship with him and his family,” Foley added.
Muschamp expressed gratitude to Foley and others at Florida and took accountability for not getting the job done.
“I was given every opportunity to get it done here and I simply didn’t win enough games — that is the bottom line. I’m disappointed that I didn’t get it done and it is my responsibility to get it done,” Muschamp said. “I have no bitter feelings, but this is a business and I wish we would have produced better results on the field.”
According to the school release, Foley will further address the coaching change at Muschamp’s weekly press conference this Monday.
Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples was the first to report the news of Muschamp’s dismissal earlier this morning.
Muschamp was riding high after the Gators upset Georgia two weeks ago and then defeated Vanderbilt on the road. Florida still had an outside shot of winning the SEC East and the decision by Muschamp to change quarterbacks seemed to have brought new energy to the team.
But a devastating loss at home to South Carolina yesterday, in which the Gators blew a lead late in the fourth quarter thanks to poor playcalling and inexplicable special teams blunders, ultimately doomed Muschamp and his fate at Florida.
He will finish out the regular season as the head coach.