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Muschamp clarifies fans comment

GAINESVILLE -- Florida dropped a hard-fought slugfest to South Carolina on Saturday night in Columbia, S.C. and an exasperated Will Muschamp criticized a portion of Florida’s fan base, saying some “need to get a grip.” 

On Monday, Muschamp slightly amended his comments, softening his tone while still censuring “a small percentage” of a fuming Gator Nation.

Florida (4-6, 3-5 Southeastern Conference) has dropped five-straight for the first time since 1979 -- UF’s last losing season.

“We have great fans here,” Muschamp said. “It’s a small percentage. It’s just frustrating for me. Anybody that knows me, I care about the kids. It’s just frustrating for me. I’m fine with it. That’s part of the profession. But for our kids it’s frustrating. They’re working extremely hard, and that’s who I hurt for. We have great fans. I’m talking to a small percentage of our fans.”

Florida’s 19-14 loss to No. 10 South Carolina was another bold ‘L’ in the win/loss column, but UF displayed tremendous resiliency playing with its third-string quarterback and a depleted offensive line. 

During Saturday’s postgame press conference, Florida’s coach was pressed to elaborate on his team’s fight despite so much adversity.

Muschamp’s fiery sound bite -- to the chagrin of many Florida fans -- went viral almost immediately.

“It’s not excuses. It’s real. It really is,” Muschamp said of the impact of UF’s serious injury situation. “You can say what you want to say and write whatever the hell you want to write, but it’s real. It’s frustrating. It’s frustrating for that locker room. To hell with me, I worry about the kids. These kids fought their butts off. There’s a lot of negativity out there, and some of our fans needs to get a grip. They really do. We have a bunch of kids in that locker room fighting their butt off. You can criticize me all you want. I’m great with that. They pay me enough money to deal with it, but those kids don’t. They really don’t. They fought their butts off, and they continue to fight and play hard. Nobody has ever questioned their efforts. I’m just extremely proud of them and of the resolve and the fight and coming together like Florida Gators do.”

Florida hosts Georgia Southern this Saturday at 2 p.m. (PPV),

VIDEO: Here's Muschamp clarifying his recent comments, as well as previewing GSU's triple option, discussing South Carolina's game-changing play (Shon Carson's 58-yard run) and more. 

  

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NOW INJURIES IS THE EXCUSE? THIS TYRANT WANTS TO DEFEND THESE KIDS AFTER HE STRIPS THEM OF THEIR DIGNITY ON THE SIDELINES? WHAT AN IDIOT. LAST WEEK HE SAID HE BLOCKS THIS OUT AND NOW HE SLAMS THE FANS THAT WRITE HIS PAYCHECK. MUSCHAMP NEEDS TO GO BACK TO TEXAS SO WE CAN GET A COACH WITH HEADCOACHING EXPERIENCE! LOSE TO SOUTH GEORGIA THIS WEEKEND AND HE NEEDS TO GO. NOTHING LEFT TO PLAY FOR ANYWAY. HE WAS WINNING WITH MEYERS RECRUITS AND NOW THAT THEY ARE THINNING OUT IT IS CATCHING UP WITH HIM.

Concerned taxpaer, I agree. Muschamp is not headcoach material. I just watched a lowlight clip of him ripping one of the players. He is incompetent and in over his head.

Muschamp is just appeasing Foley with these hollow comments. We know what he means. First poster may have a point about meyers recruits. We have 4&5 star players that came in and haven't stepped up. We should win next week but florida state looms to end our season unless something dramatic happens. I don't see it happening though. I'm not even gonna watch the last game. Something better change by next September. Firing Pease will only make things worse unfortunately.

We'z gots depths! Next bro up! Dats what we do! SEC is tough! We would dominate any other conference,even this year! Pick on us all you want we are the sec! No reason to be ashamed. We almost beat everyone we were supposed to beat. The teams that beat us just got lucky. Missouri is a bottom feeder big 12 team that got lucky,same with miami. Vanderbilt got lucky. Georgia was lucky.they were all lucky we didnt reload after week 3. If we lose the next two it will be the fanz fault. Practice while everyone else is bowling and reload this offseason.

WOW! I was at the game and the fans weren't that bad. Most was truthful. There is alot of money in this program and 4 wins is unacceptable. Maybe Muschamp is the coach that needs to resign. We can't lose another coordinator. Something more is wrong. We have the talent even at second string. Foley needs to make a decision and fast. Next week is a guaranteed win(I assume) and then our season is over.

Wow some gator fans that dont think everyone but the Canes get a trophy. They cant be real gators. Nothing to see here but a whining coach.

and an idiot poster

UF93: He wasnt calling out the fans that went to Columbia, per say. He was speaking about the fan base in general, their attitude and negativity towards the team.

How many teams can win with Murphy and Mornhinweg at QB?
I was happy with Murph after his performance against UT and Arky, but he has just hit a wall and played worse each week after that. It turns out he got injured in the LSU game as well. Regardless he probably over achieved in his first two games.
We need a QB and a healthy O line. Not much Muschamp and Pease can do about that now.

sid you are a big time Moron.

Some of the "fans" need to shut up and have a little respect for the team. The guys ARE playing their buts off and Muschamp IS the coach. He WILL be the coach next year.

I am not convinced after that, but he has next year to convince us. That is REALITY. All the crying and kicking and screaming in the world will not change that. Florida WILL NOT go head to head with both Texas and USC and buyout Coach's contract and get a better coach and have enough funds to not cripple the program for years to come. No self respecting coach would put himself in that position.

So STOP CRYING AND SUPPORT THT GATORS.

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