It's not your typical college football coach who says he's "fine" with getting booed. But Will Muschamp showed he wasn't your typical football coach this week, telling Gator supporters he had no problem with them booing him.
Of course, per the Palm Beach Post, he had some stipulations about where he would have no problem with Gator fans expressing their displeasure:
The longer version, from Florida Rivals affiliate Inside the Gators:
"More than anything: Be a positive member of our team. If you've got an issue or a problem, don't boo. Boo me if you want to; wait until after the game is over and let me know. Our guys need positive reinforcement in what we do and how we do it. I understand, 'We pay our ticket; we deserve [the right] to be critical.' Be critical of me. Be critical of our staff. We deserve that; our players don't."Should Muschamp fail to turn around the Gators after last year's five-loss disaster, no doubt the Gainesville faithful will take him up on that offer. But ironically, Muschamp's thick skin, self-awareness, and willingness to acknowledge fans "deserve the right to be critical" -- a far cry from the "it is not the critic who counts" posturing of so many coaches -- seem to make him more capable of surviving a pressure cauldron of a job like Florida's.
In short: that Muschamp is willing to be critcized makes it less likely he will be, right?