GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Embattled Florida Gators coach Will Muschamp has to be feeling better about his job security after receiving a vote of confidence from university president Bernie Machen, athletic director Jeremy Foley and South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier on Wednesday.
"As athletic director, I'm a 1,000 percent convinced that Will Muschamp is the guy to lead this football program," Foley said in a statement posted on the school's athletics website. "Nothing has changed in what we feel about Will Muschamp from the day we hired him. Everyone around here wants the same thing. We want to do what is right for the University of Florida.
"We understand that this football season has not gone the way any of us wanted it to go, certainly not the way our fans wanted it to go, and most of all not the way Will Muschamp wanted it to go."
With four straight losses, Florida has fallen below .500 with a 4-5 record (3-4 in the SEC). The Gators were beaten soundly, 34-17, by Vanderbilt last Saturday in the school's annual homecoming game. It was Vandy's first win at Florida since 1945.
Muschamp, in his third season as the Florida coach, has a 22-13 overall record, is 13-10 in the SEC and 1-1 in bowl games. He has five years remaining on his contract at an average salary of $2,928,791.
"We have a history of being successful, we have a history of fixing things when they need to be fixed, and that is what is going to happen here," Foley said. "And Coach Muschamp is the one that will fix it."