I’ll get right to it. According to Bruce Feldman, Florida will be “getting rid of” offensive coordinator Brent Pease and offensive line coach Tim Davis– albeit a little too late.
It’s pretty obvious to me that this was part of the deal Foley made with Will Muschamp if he wanted to stay on board as the head coach. That also means that this was likely not something that Muschamp was smart enough to be able to figure out his own, say after any of the six losses that preceded the Georgia Southern fiasco- one of the pitfalls I keep pointing at when calling for Muschamp himself to get fired.
The problem with this, of course, is that Muschamp has a tiny margin for error when it comes to hiring assistants. He’s proven himself to be completely incapable of hiring competent assistants, and even worse, incapable of admitting his mistakes and rectifying them by axing said incompetent assistants. So if he makes another bad hire at offensive coordinator, he’s likely finished in Gainesville unless somehow he learns from this and quickly fires the new bad assistant. But given the fact that he apparently hasn’t learned to cool it on the sidelines, or beat the discipline into his players required not to go apeshit on an opponent (Clay Burton vs. Miami, Solomon Patton vs. Georgia, Keanu Neal vs. Georgia Southern… I could go on all day) like he does with refs and draw a foolish penalty, I’m not very confident he’ll learn his lesson here, either.
I suppose Muschamp could orchestrate a quick turnaround in 2014 like he did in 2012, but the chances of this happening are so slim I’d really prefer Foley not take them. Of course, he already has by essentially guaranteeing that he’ll be back in 2014. So what I’m not saying is that it’s impossible that Muschamp builds a national championship team in 2014; what I am saying it’s so unlikely, I’d rather forgo that possibility and jump straight into rebuilding mode with a new coach.
Having said that, we’ll have to see what happens. It appears pretty obvious that Florida’s going to get squashed by Florida State, but beyond that, the future in Gainesville is unknown at best and very cloudy if you’re a pessimist.
I’ll have some names up later for potential replacements, but the news literally JUST broke, and I have class, so that’s why I kept this short and sweet. The good news is that at least part of Florida’s coaching problem is gone. The bad news is that I’m not really sure Foley got rid of all it, but again, that remains to be seen.