Jeremy Foley went completely off the grid hiring former Texas defensive coordinator and head coach in-waiting, Will Muschamp.
The general consensus from the Florida fan base is a thumbs up on the Muschamp hire, yet will he have success after a successful Urban Meyer? Remember, you never want to be the guy after the legend, but the guy after that because that spot is a little more comfortable. As the head coach serving after the successor of the “legend,” you usually never have to hear the dreaded words, “Coach Legend would have done this…”
However, Muschamp is the coach replacing a two-time BCS title winner, and that was an early problem for former head coach, Ron Zook. The leash on Muschamp will not be as short as Ron Zook’s was, but trust me the GatorNation will not let Will stray too far away.
It is very important for Will to assemble a national championship caliber coaching staff in order to compete with the other perennial powerhouses in the SEC. Position coaches should be first because those are generally the main recruiters. The defensive coordinator should be a 4-3 guru and the offensive coordinator needs to be ready to implement a pro-style balance running attack and an intermediate passing game with sophisticated route running. The superior talent will take care of the rest.
Also, the same fiery and enthusiastic Muschamp fans have become accustomed to is the same coach that needs to on the sidelines in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium every Saturday… DO THE THINGS THAT LANDED YOU THE JOB!
Now the next question is, how will the mighty Gators do in the SEC East? The Gamecocks are the returning champions, yet Will Muschamp has an abundance of talent to work with. I simply can't imagine the Gators not winning the east.
As bad as Florida was last year, the Gators still finished 2nd in the east. Either South Carolina will be WAY better this season or Florida will be WAY worse. Georgia nor Tennessee is winning the SEC East. The division is a two team race. The Gators' chances are good!
Many will disagree with the prediction, but with the talent in Gainesville and a new bright coaching staff, Florida should at least win the SEC East or come very close. In the last eight years, the Eastern Division Champion as averaged 6.3 SEC wins. The Gators can win six conference games.