Considering his track record at UF (and the storage unit of skeletons left behind by his predecessor), it’s rather understandable that Will Muschamp balked at the criticism of him reinstating three suspended players following Saturdays washout against Idaho.
When questioned about the suspensions during Wednesday’s weekly media teleconference, Boom dropped the hammer on his ill-informed critics.
“It’s not just about suspending players for a game,” Muschamp said. “There are a lot of things that go into discipline. It’s about altering and changing behavior, which we’ve done here. I think our discipline speaks for itself how we handle our football team.”
“It’s very frustrating for me as a coach, or any coach, to have someone be critical when you don’t even have all the information. At the end of the day, I make the decisions in this program. I handle the discipline in this program, and it’s handled very well.”
Most of the backlash directed at Muschamp has been from rival fan bases (to be expected). And, at least from my perspective, it appears directed more at the program than the coach himself.
After all, UF fans are the first to hurl self-righteous jabs at UGA’s offseason drug program or Free Shoes/Shellfish University. Why wouldn’t those folks quickly turn the tables? There’s blood in the water. It’s all part of the game.
As for Boom, again, given his track record – one arrest in 400+ days – he deserves some latitude. He has a right to be pissed, but part of the coaching gig is being second-guessed at every turn. As long as his moral compass is straight, haters be damned.