's Will Muschamp will reportedly employ an up-tempo offense in the 2014 season. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
With coordinator Brent Pease out at Florida, expect the next guy handling Will Muschamp's offense to shake things up a bit. With the personnel Florida had this year -- coupled with injuries all over the field -- the Gators struggled mightily to score. They averaged 18.8 points per game, tied for 111th nationally.
It's still yet to be seen what direction Florida will go in offensively, but coaches will often say and try anything in order to retain their jobs. Though Muschamp has received the repeated backing of athletic director Jeremy Foley, he still must work to keep recruits in the fold as he tries to recover from a disastrous 4-8 campaign in which Gators dropped their last seven contests, including a 26-20 loss to FCS Georgia Southern on Nov. 23.
However, Rivals.com's Adam Friedman interviewed uncommitted five-star offensive tackle Damian Prince, who offered the following thoughts:
"I feel like Coach Muschamp he was doing what was best for the team by letting Coach Davis and Coach Pease go," said the 6-foot-5, 292-pound Prince. "I talked to Coach Muschamp on Sunday and he was very honest with me. He said they probably won't hire any new guy until January but he said the guy that he will hire will run the same type of offense which is what I want to play in.
Pease was maligned all season, and a philosophy shift and healthier roster could have Florida back in the SEC East title hunt in 2014. If the offense continues to flail, though, no amount of deck chair shuffling will likely be enough to save Muschamp.