Monday, August 22, 2011

How long does it take a Gator to get back on its feet?

The Florida Gators' fall from grace in 2010 was more complete than it was surprising.

Fall camp squabbling between veterans and members of the team's top ranked recruiting class. Freshmen reportedly sitting out of practice because they didn't like how the coaches were treating them. An implosion on offense following the graduation of the Lizard King, Tim Tebow. Urban Meyer's early retirement, strange return and ultimate departure -- a la Bjorn Borg -- that was set in motion by the team's pounding in the 2009 SEC Championship Game by Alabama.

Now Will Muschamp takes over. He undoubtedly knows how to build a defense, and early signs are that Muschamp certainly can recruit. But can the career assistant and his very big personality build and run a program?

The early returns on that gamble arrive in two weeks. Here's the team's preview.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Here's thinking the 'Noles will still notch a win in the Swamp this year.

J said...

Dig it, someone who sees through the "Florida is a national title contender, because they are Florida" nonsense most of the traditional media always buys into. Two or three more years of this abject mediocrity and maybe the Lizards will be forced to leave Florida for a non-conference game.