Commentary | Florida is becoming precarious state for head football coaches

Fans throughout Florida calling for their head coaches' heads

adell@bradenton.comNovember 27, 2013 


Head Coach Will Muschamp of Florida stands on the sidelines during the second quarter against the Vanderbilt Commodores. The Commodores defeated the Gators, 34-17, at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida, on Saturday, November 9, 2013. (Will Vragovic/Tampa Bay Times/MCT)


The tourist signs are up.

Come to Florida and help fire a head football coach.

Be the first person on your block to get a coach's scalp.

Just tired or angry at your coach? You are still welcome.

Join the fun. If you can't get him fired you can put up billboards and meet with testy alumni who are more than willing to share their wrath and their wealth.

The Sunshine State has plenty of good candidates to choose from led by Gainesville's beleaguered son Will Muschamp.

Things have gotten so treacherous for these gridiron professorial types that UCF's George O'Leary might be the most respected head football coach in the state these days.

Remember O'Leary, the guy who got caught fudging his resume and lasted only five days as Notre Dame's head coach?

UCF forgave O'Leary and hired him and forgave him again after he went 0-11 his first year.

Now O'Leary is the only college or pro football coach in Florida who doesn't carry a blemish, at least not one that anyone seems to remember.

He has gone from poor George to good ol' George and has his Knights on the brink of a BCS bowl.

He has proven he writes game plans better than resumes and this Friday he will grant UCF fans a wish: the long-awaited demolition of USF.

You can go to Kansas and feed Charlie Weis to the Jayhawks, but that doesn't seem like a lot of fun after what happened to him at Notre Dame. And anyway, Florida has better weather, and the coach's feeding frenzy is still peaking.

Greg Schiano is off the hot seat at One Buc Place, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach is just a few more losses and a Mike Glennon meltdown from getting tossed back into the coals

and there is something about this guy that says he will eventually self-destruct.

Jimbo Fisher is leading FSU to a national title game and won't be fired, but his team is mired in a scandal and a lot of people have never forgiven him for sending Bobby Bowden into retirement before he wanted to go.

Al Golden has lost the golden touch in Miami as the Hurricanes start to look again like a Randy Shannon-coached team.

The Dolphins' Joe Philbin is up to his neck with Richie Incognitoisms that might get his whole staff fired. No one knows who the coach is in Jacksonville nor seems to care.

This state takes its firings seriously. Just look at FAU.

The school refused to accept Carl Pelini's resignation and then fired him.

If you want to partake in the firing of a head coach and all that goes into it, the place to be is Gainesville. The boosters are angry and Florida AD Jeremy Foley is using up all his equity in defending Muschamp.

Football is a sport of attrition and if the NCAA banned talk of injuries to explain seasons gone awry, Muschamp would be speechless.

As it is now, his vocabulary is limited. "We are going to get it fixed," are the only discernible words he is able to mutter.

The only thing Muschamp and his supporters cling to is talk of injuries. But little Georgia Southern had 19 players out with injuries last weekend and still beat the champ out of Mus.

"He mus go" is gaining clarity.

Mus is even leaving food out for the vultures, challenging a fan to a fight after game, telling other fans to get a grip and now throwing his offensive coordinator under the bus.

You would expect more from tough guy Mus, who coaches offense like he wishes he was in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

So come on down. enjoy the weather and help fire a coach.

Alan Dell, Herald sports writer, can be reached at 941-745-7056. Follow him on Twitter at @ADellSports.

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