We’ve heard it already. The excuses that the Florida Gators have been making since their embarrassing loss to Teddy and the boys in the Sugar Bowl are becoming more embarrassing than the loss itself. Embarrassing for one man in particular, Will Muschamp.
The fans, the media, and the players have all made the same disinterested excuse for the loss. The most recent was Josh Evans claiming, “People [Gators] were feeling sorry for themselves…” I’m glad that the Gators felt sorry for themselves, because nobody else did. They didn’t get a National Championship bid because they fumbled and bumbled their way to an 11 win season. Alabama and Notre Dame looked dominant, Florida looked lucky.
It was just two months ago when Muschamp was recapping the 2012 season to the media and said the Louisville games was one that the Gators “let slip away.” Coach Muschamp and everyone else apparently didn’t’ watch the same game, because that one slipped away before within the first few possessions.
Forgetting the fact that they never played a pretty game all year and assuming that they were the better team than Louisville, as they apparently still do, why on Earth would they have lost? There is another term for this disinterested excuse that the Gators keep making, it’s called “Bad Coaching.”
I will give Muschamp credit for the fact that his team did make it to 11 wins and a Sugar Bowl in a tough conference. There is no arguing against that. He did it. It reminds me of Brady Anderson. In 1995 he hit 16 home runs, then in 1996 he hit 50 as a lead off hitter. Anderson never came close to that mark again. It’s believed that Anderson was on steroids that year, but thats for another discussion. The point of that story is that sometimes athletes, in this case coaches, have good years.
If your team comes into a bowl game unmotivated, that is the coaches fault. No team coached by Charlie Strong would show up to a bowl uninterested. If they for some reason did, they absolutely would never admit it as an excuse for losing. Charlie Strong has character, and it shines through in his student athletes. That’s why Louisville won, because they came to play the game the way it’s supposed to be played. Florida lost because of a lack of leadership. Gator’s are supposed to chomp, not whine.