Florida Football: Is Will Muschamp the Right Hire?

Stacey MicklesCorrespondent IIDecember 13, 2010

HOUSTON - SEPTEMBER 04:  Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers coach Will Muschamp watches from the sidelines during a game against the Rice Owls at Reliant Stadium on September 4, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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So, Jeremy Foley did it again. He went out and hired a new head football coach without interviewing apparently anyone else.

The Florida AD hired Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp as their new head football coach which has a lot of people including me, scratching our heads.

Muschamp was supposed to be the coach in waiting when Mack Brown stepped down whenever that was. Muschamp obviously couldn’t wait and jumped ship. Can you really blame the guy? Mack probably wasn’t going to step down any time soon, but did Florida move too quickly?

This is the University of Florida we are talking about here. This is not Vanderbilt who in my opinion if they get Gus Malzahn, will make a better hire. Florida is an offensive school and they are one of the top programs in the country; why would you settle for a defensive coach?

How does Florida solve their problems offensively by hiring a guy who is defensive minded? Florida finished seventh in the country last year in total defense—so THAT was not the problem.

In total offense on the other hand, Florida was 79th in the country. There is your problem. I’m interested to see who Muschamp brings in as his offensive coordinator and if the rumors are true and it’s Major Applewhite, Florida fans better get ready for another 7-5 or 8-4 type season.

Applewhite’s one year as Alabama’s offensive coordinator yielded the Crimson Tide a 7-5 record.

What should have Florida fans wondering is, why didn’t Foley interview other candidates for this position? Kyle Whittingham of Utah for one, other then this year, he has been just as good as Urban Meyer when he was there, plus he has head coaching experience unlike Muschamp.

How about Chris Peterson of Boise State? How many games has he lost over the years? same with Gary Patterson of TCU?

If you are Florida, why wouldn’t you go after these guys FIRST before hiring an inexperience head coach?

You can make the argument that none of these coaches have SEC ties, but does that really matter in this day in age? I think kids are smart enough to know what Boise, TCU and Utah have done over the years. Whittingham even defeated the top coach in the country in Nick Saban a few years ago and he did it with less talent.

For Florida and Foley’s sake, they better hope he didn’t make this move too fast because instead of being one of the top team’s in the SEC, they might be looking at being in the middle of the pack.

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