GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- In the wake of a devastating loss to FCS Georgia Southern and with a public outcry that has gotten louder with every loss, Florida's Will Muschamp met the media on Monday in a relaxed, jovial mood looking nothing like a coach who is worried about his job.
When asked if he is concerned about losing his job, Muschamp confidently replied, "Absolutely not." When asked if he believes he will coach the Gators in 2014, he replied, "Absolutely." When asked about the futures of his assistant coaches, Muschamp was not quite as confident.
"I'm not ready to make any statement on that at this point," he said. "We're still playing out the season and those guys are going to coach their butts off. I'll make that decision when I think it's right."
The pressure on Muschamp and his staff reached a fever pitch after the Gators' latest loss, their sixth in a row. Florida (4-7, 3-5 in the SEC) lost 26-20 on Saturday to Georgia Southern, the first loss in program history to an FCS opponent. As a result, UF will have its first losing season since 1979. Its 22-year bowl streak, the longest active streak in the nation, will end.
After his Gators lost to Vanderbilt at home for the first time since 1945, Muschamp received a vote of confidence from his boss, athletic director Jeremy Foley. Florida spokesman Steve McClain said Monday that Foley's position hasn't changed.
"As athletic director, I'm a thousand-percent convinced that Will Muschamp is the guy to lead this football program," Foley said in an online statement Nov. 13. "Nothing has changed in what we feel about Will Muschamp from the day we hired him. Everyone around here wants the same thing."