In the midst of Florida's 42-13 loss to Missouri Saturday night, members of the national media - and some fans - began openly speculating about whom would replace Florida coach Will Muschamp.
Yes, at that point the feeling was that there was no doubt Muschamp was going to be fired.
One of the names that showed up among people's lists was former Florida Heisman Trophy winner and former Gators head coach Steve Spurrier....
GAINESVILLE — For those who thought Florida's abysmal performance in Saturday night's 42-13 loss to Missouri would lead to Will Muschamp's firing this week, that's not the case after all.
On Monday afternoon, Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley publicly ended that speculation, saying Muschamp is going nowhere — at least right now.
Foley reiterated what he's said the past several months and heading into fall camp: Muschamp will be evaluated on his body of work this season. And since the season isn't over, neither is the evaluation process....
If football season is starting to get you down, take heart: basketball season is just around the corner.
The Gators kicked off practice this past Friday and coach Billy Donovan said it's early, but he likes what he's seen so far.
Florida has to replace four starters from last year's Final Four team.
Hear some of what Donovan had to say today about the first few practices:
For those Florida fans that were hoping Will Muschamp would be fired by now - or at least sometime this week - you're not going to get your wish.
Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley on Monday reiterated what he said all summer and heading into this season. Muschamp will be evaluated on the basis of his body of work. And since the season isn't over, neither is the evaluation process.
At least not yet....
Following the Gators' 42-13 loss to a struggling Missouri team Saturday night, talk about Florida coach Will Muschamp's job status has been non-stop among fans on talk radio and social media.
And the grocery store, church, you name it.
So many things went wrong in the Missouri game to help bolster the argument that perhaps Muschamp isn't the man for the job.
But one stat in particular seems to have fans on social media just losing it....
GAINESVILLE — When Saturday night's homecoming game began, Florida still had dreams of winning an SEC East Division championship.
But after a 42-13 trouncing by Missouri in front of 89,117 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, the Gators' championship dreams are over. And unless they can regroup from back-to-back SEC losses, so too might be the remainder of their season.
For now, questions about whether the Gators can beat Georgia for the first time in four years, or make it to a bowl game after missing out last season, will take a back seat to the most pressing question of all: Can coach Will Muschamp retain his job?...
GAINESVILLE — Florida QB Jeff Driskel's troubled season continued Saturday night. With 3:21 remaining in the first half, the junior from Oviedo suffered an ankle injury while being sacked. Driskel remained on the ground for more than a minute before he was helped up and went directly to the locker room.
He returned after halftime and started the second half.
It was part of another tough night for Driskel, who started the game, but shared time with freshman Treon Harris, who entered on the Gators' third possession....
Florida vs. Missouri, 7, ESPN2, 620-AM
Missouri (4-2, 1-1 SEC) is coming off a home loss to Georgia, but it is trying to win its eighth consecutive road game dating to last season, and its second straight over the Gators. Under coach Gary Pinkel, the Tigers are 7-2 in games following a loss since joining the SEC. Florida (3-2, 2-2) is in a must-win situation, needing victories in its final four SEC games to have a chance at the East Division championship....
Dan Mullen knows you're out there, Gator fans.
He knows some of you are jumping on the "Hire Dan Mullen" bandwagon.
He also remembers many of you wanted him fired during his tenure as Florida's offensive coordinator from 2005 - 2008.
Mullen, now the head coach at No. 1 ranked Mississippi State, spoke on a Mississippi radio show Head to Head and was asked about Florida fans wanting him to return to Gainesville as the head coach....
It's fair to say Missouri QB Maty Mauk has not had the kind of season he'd hoped for - so far.
Mauk had a breakout game against the Gators last season, but enters Saturday night's game vs. Florida at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium fresh off a 34-0 loss to Georgia.
In that game, Mauk was 9-of-21 for 97 yards and had four interceptions and one fumble.
“It’s frustrating but there’s adversity and I know coach (Gary) Pinkel says the same stuff, its how you fight back," Mauk said. "Our guys are ready to go. Yeah people are upset but it’s going to be a different week for us and we’re going to come out fighting."...
Since he arrived in Gainesville 1996, Florida coach Billy Donovan has won two national titles and took the Gators to four of their five Final Four appearances.
During that same span the Florida football team has also won three national titles, but has had four different coaches during that span.
But when Donovan was asked on Wednesday what it was like to have more success in recent years than the football program, he took the opportunity to talk about teamwork among the Gators coaching family. And to staunchly defend Florida head football coach Will Muschamp....
GAINESVILLE — Florida junior WR Latroy Pittman returned to the field Wednesday, four days after he was hospitalized for a series of tests he had after he was injured in a collision with an LSU defender in the waning seconds of Saturday night's 30-27 loss to the Tigers.
Coach Will Muschamp said Pittman might be "limited a little bit" but was cleared to practice.
DT Leon Orr also practiced. The former Gulf High standout missed the past two games after having arthroscopic surgery on his knee. "I feel like depending on how he looks today, we should get him back (for Saturday against Missouri)," Muschamp said....
Sophomore F Chris Walker has been suspended for the first three games of the season, Florida coach Billy Donovan said Wednesday.
Walker will miss the exhibition game against Barry on Nov. 6, the Nov. 14 game vs. William & Mary and the Nov. 17 game vs. Miami.
"Chris Walker is going to be suspended the first three games for violation of team rules," Donovan said. "He's not going to play."...
GAINESVILLE — Coach Will Muschamp and offensive coordinator Kurt Roper have no idea whether inserting freshman quarterback Treon Harris into the Gators lineup will make a significant difference in their struggling offense.
But at this point they have nothing left to lose, so they'll give it a shot.
When Florida hosts Missouri on Saturday night, both Harris and junior Jeff Driskel will play. Exactly how they will be used remains to be seen. Driskel will start....
Junior WR Latroy Pittmanis expected to return to the practice field this afternoon, four days after he was injured in Saturday's game against LSU.
"Latroy Pittman will practice today (but) he may be limited a little bit," Florida coach Will Muschamp said.
Pittman was released from the hospital early Sunday morning following a series of tests for precautionary measures. He was injured following a collision with an LSU defender in the waning seconds of Saturday night’s 30-27 loss to the Tigers. Pittman was motionless on the ground for several minutes, and was eventually removed from the field on a stretcher....