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Muschamp: "Boo me if you want to"

Posted on: May 13, 2011 5:07 pm
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

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?

Comments

Since: May 17, 2011
Posted on: May 17, 2011 10:09 am
 

Muschamp: "Boo me if you want to"

This is the first comment I have read in years that makes sense. For several years I have lived in Bama country and this place is filled with negativity. If they don't win ever game every year then the talk for a new coach and better players is rampant and their staff will do anything to make that happen as is evident by the things the NCAA has found. Never did I think this ignorant attitude would invade my beloved gator world. When I saw students in the stands booing the players last year I was heart-broken and angry. How dare they express such a childish nature. There is a reason those are in the stands and not on the field and it is time they realize that an 8-5 record is not a shameful thing considering the league they play in. I have never been ashamed to say where I am from until last year; now it's as bad as admitting I live in Alabama. Shame on you!



Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: May 15, 2011 10:36 am
 

Muschamp: "Boo me if you want to"

Indeed they do remember, but success for some, addles the mind.  It seems to be a cultural flaw.  The more we win or get, the more we demand to win or get.  But we don't get it.



Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: May 14, 2011 1:04 pm
 

Muschamp: "Boo me if you want to"

So does anyone know where he parks his car?  You know, just in case it comes to that.



Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: May 14, 2011 12:52 pm
 

Muschamp: "Boo me if you want to"

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.
The biggest problem with the program is having the mind set that an 8-5 record and an Outback Bowl win is considered a disaster.  I understand that the program won National Championships in the not too distant past, but a disaster?  Really?  What happens when the team finishes at .500 or less?  Perhaps they should just shut down the program and call it quits.  Every team, no matter how consistent, has rebuilding seasons.  Other teams in the league will occasionally have their successes.  If a winning season and a bowl win makes for a dismal season in a rebuilding year, the fans will never be satisfied and are just downright spoiled.  I remember when Florida was less than a National Power prior to Spurrier taking over the reigns.  I'm sure the old timers remember what dismal really means.





Since: May 14, 2011
Posted on: May 14, 2011 9:54 am
 

Muschamp: "Boo me if you want to"

In my opinion, BOOING is COUNTERPRODUCTIVE to our players!  I agree with coach that if I have an issue, I can meet him by his car and boo him there. Blogs, and other social media, addressed to coach are  better ways to express displeasure.  And by the way, LEAVING THE STADIUM EARLY IS DISRESPECTFUL AND COUNTERPRODUCTIVE TO THE TEAM AS WELL.  I travel from Virginia to all the games in Gainesville and away, even as far as LSU.  I have never left the stadium (even when we were losing to Alabama), before the game ended.

Coach, can I meet you at your car and praise you when your staff is doing a good job?  GO GATORS!!!!!!



Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: May 13, 2011 10:25 pm
 

Muschamp: "Boo me if you want to"

Ok Will.  I'll boo you.



Since: Apr 24, 2011
Posted on: May 13, 2011 8:37 pm
 

Muschamp: "Boo me if you want to"

He has already shown he has more brass than most Head coaches w/o coaching a game.  I'd say good start.



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: May 13, 2011 7:08 pm
 

Muschamp: "Boo me if you want to"

Normally, when there is booing inside a stadium, it is directed at the coaches anyway.  It is rare that the booing is directed at a player.  The coach and his staff are responsible for what happens on the field.  I would prefer that fans think before they boo, but they paid for their ticket, so they can do as they wish.  As far as Muschamp being a great hire, we will have to see.  He has never been a HC, so we do not know what he will do when the pressure is on him.  He has a good pedigree, but so did a lot of other coaches that could not cut it as a HC. 



Since: Apr 24, 2011
Posted on: May 13, 2011 6:58 pm
 

Muschamp: "Boo me if you want to"

No doubt this is a great hire for UF.  He is absolutely right, the players don't deserved to be booed.  



Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: May 13, 2011 6:35 pm
 

Muschamp: "Boo me if you want to"

This sounds like an anticipatory request.


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