The Gators and Tide are both 4-0 entering Saturday night's SEC contest.
Florida has been very difficult to beat at the Swamp over the last 20 years. However, the Gators lost three home games last season on their way to an 8-5 record. Urban Meyer quit after the tumultuous season, and now Gainesville native Will Muschamp has UF sitting at 4-0 with Alabama rolling into town.
The carousel was quite active in the offseason, with 23 coaching positions — 19.2 percent of all FBS schools — changing hands. And not only was the amount of turnover high, but there are some major programs under new leadership — Florida, Miami (Fla.) and Michigan. The following is our take on the new coaches for 2011 — with a new twist. This year, we’ve ranked the hires from best to worst.
Will Muschamp is a bit of an unknown quantity, but he knows Florida, and he knows the SEC.
by Pat Dooley
Back then, there was no Hampton Suites in downtown Gainesville. Back then, the place where Will Muschamp lived during the first four months on the job as Florida’s football coach did not exist. The hotel where he shaved and showered before working deep into the nights has only been open for a year.