Florida's Will Muschamp out at end of the season

Will Muschamp went 27-20 in his four seasons with the Florida Gators
Will Muschamp went 27-20 in his four seasons with the Florida Gators. (USATSI)

Will Muschamp will coach two more games at Florida.

The school announced Sunday that Muschamp would coach Florida's final two games of the regular season and then step down from the position.

"Upon evaluation of our football program, we are not where the program needs to be and should be. I've always said that our goal at the University of Florida is to compete for championships on a regular basis," Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley said in a release. "Coach Muschamp was dedicated to developing young men both on and off the field. Our student-athletes showed tremendous growth socially and academically under his leadership. His players were involved in campus activities, engaged with the local community and represented the University of Florida with pride.

"I will be forever grateful to Will and his staff for their unwavering commitment to the University of Florida and the mission of our athletic program. He will be missed by everyone in our athletic department -- from the people that worked in his office to the people that painted the fields. Will knew everyone and they knew him and everyone in the building loved working with him. Will is as fine a man as you will ever meet, and I will always cherish our relationship with him and his family."

Muschamp's Gators lost 23-20 in overtime to South Carolina Saturday, dropping them to 5-4 for the season and eliminating them from SEC East contention. The loss was Muschamp's sixth in his last eight home games in "the Swamp."

Though he took the Gators to the Sugar Bowl following an 11-1 regular season in 2012, he posted an overall record of 27-20, but only 17-15 in the SEC with only one winning conference record in his four seasons.

Muschamp's conservative offenses have proven unpopular with Florida fans accustomed to the high-scoring attacks of Steve Spurrier and Urban Meyer, with the Gators ranking 71st, 78th, 113th and currently 62nd in FBS scoring offense.

A former defensive coordinator for Auburn and Texas, Muschamp was hired by Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley in December 2010 following the health-related resignation of Urban Meyer.

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