Saturday, January 20, 2018
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Florida AD: Will Muschamp's job not in jeopardy

GAINESVILLE — Despite the Gators' 4-5 record and four-game losing streak, coach Will Muschamp's job is not in jeopardy right now, athletic director Jeremy Foley said Wednesday.

"As athletic director, I'm a thousand percent convinced that Will Muschamp is the guy to lead this football program," Foley said in a statement on the school's sports website, gatorzone.com. "Nothing has changed in what we feel about Will Muschamp from the day we hired him."

Nearing the end of his third season, Muschamp is 22-13, including 11-2 in 2012 and 13-10 in SEC play. The Gators have lost 10 players to season-ending injuries this year. But fans are disgruntled, Ben Hill Griffin Stadium hasn't been filled the majority of the year (tickets remain for next week's home game against Georgia Southern) and UF still isn't bowl eligible.

Yet Foley is asking for patience.

"Everyone around here wants the same thing," he said. "We want to do what is right for the University of Florida. We understand that this football season has not gone the way any of us wanted it to go, certainly not the way our fans wanted it to go, and most of all not the way Will Muschamp wanted it to go. We have a history of being successful, we have a history of fixing things when they need to be fixed, and that is what is going to happen here, and Coach Muschamp is the one that will fix it."

In July, Muschamp received a $250,000 annual increase over the remaining years of his contract, which runs through the 2017 season. His annual salary is approximately $2.93 million.

School president Bernie Machen also threw his support behind Muschamp. "I want the Gator Nation to know that I have full confidence in Coach Muschamp and his leadership of the football program," he said.

Antonya English can be reached at [email protected]

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