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Time to panic?

With National Signing Day less that two weeks away, Florida fans are on the verge of shifting into full panic mode. The Gators are ranked 99th in the nation in recruiting by Rivals, have only eight commitments (all from three-star prospects) and their biggest targets seem to be leaning toward another school whose colors are orange and blue. So, yes, the potential is certainly there for panic to set in. But what UF fans really need to do at this… Read More »

Remember these names

While we wait — and wait and wait and wait — for Jim McElwain to complete his staff by hiring a wide receivers coach, here are two viable candidates who seem to have been overlooked by all those out there guessing who the guy might be: South Carolina wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator Steve Spurrier Jr. and Indianapolis Colts wide receivers coach Charlie Williams. Both have ties to Florida. Both make sense. Spurrier, of course, worked for his… Read More »

Gators are focused

The last time the Gators were in this situation, heading into a bowl game with an interim head coach, it turned out to be a disaster. And everyone could see it coming. The assistant coaches seemed indifferent and more concerned about their next job than their current one. The players didn’t seem to care, either. Even the fans seemed disinterested. The result was predictable: Charlie Strong and the Gators were spanked by the Miami Hurricanes 27-10 in the 2004 Chick-fil-A… Read More »

McElwain: A leadoff home run

When it became apparent that Jim McElwain had emerged as Jeremy Foley’s No. 1 target in his coaching search, a writer who covered McElwain when McElwain was the offensive coordinator at Alabama called to tell me that I would be very impressed. He said fans and players also would quickly be won over. The writer guaranteed that McElwain would win his opening news conference. And that’s just what he did Saturday. He knocked it out of the park. He was… Read More »

Gators have a chance

Florida State fans may not fully understand this, but the Florida Gators do NOT fear the spear. Why should they? They won in Tallahassee two years ago and think they can repeat that feat Saturday. And Florida has had great success at Doak Campbell Stadium in recent years, winning four of the last five games there, starting with Ron Zook’s upset in his last UF game in 2004. Well, Will Muschamp is in the same position Zook was in 10… Read More »

Just play and have fun

One thing I picked up on at the big news conference Monday was that there seemed to be a sense of relief from everybody, including Will Muschamp, that the inevitable decision had finally been made. Everyone saw it this coming weeks ago. There was hope for Muschamp following those back-to-back wins over Georgia and Vanderbilt. But the way the South Carolina game deteriorated like it did in the final minutes, everyone knew Muschamp’s fate had been sealed. Now that everyone… Read More »

Huge game for ’Champ, Gators

The last time Will Muschamp walked off the field in The Swamp, many were wondering if he’d ever have the chance to coach here again. After the humiliating homecoming loss to Missouri, there was a great deal of speculation that UF Athletics Director Jeremy Foley might go ahead and pull the plug on the Muschamp era the following day. But Foley stuck with Muschamp, giving him the chance to try and turn things around in the second half of the… Read More »

Survival game is on

Florida’s stunning win in Jacksonville last Saturday has given the Gators some rare momentum and given Will Muschamp real hope that he can save his job. What happens in the next two weeks will determine how this all plays out for Muschamp and this UF team. If the Gators can build on this momentum and put together another impressive performance against Vanderbilt in Nashville on Saturday night, they could get on a streak that could carry them to a seven… Read More »

’Dog day in Jacksonville

I’ve had some Florida fans come up to me over the past two weeks and tell me that Saturday’s game in Jacksonville is a win-win for the Gators. If they win the game, great. If they lose the game, well, great also because Will Muschamp’s demise as UF’s coach will have been confirmed. If that’s the way UF fans are viewing things, then they can relax and enjoy the afternoon at EverBank Field. There’s no pressure. No anxiety. No reason… Read More »

Crucial game for ’Champ, Gators

Think about how different things would be for the Gators today had Tevin Westbrook not dropped that pass in the end zone in the closing minutes and the Gators had beaten LSU last Saturday. UF would be 4-1, with a good chance to go to 5-1 heading into the Georgia game, and a lot of the heat would be off Will Muschamp. Some might even be looking toward a bright future with ’Champ and his staff. But, Westbrook dropped the… Read More »