Matt Hayes of The Sporting News won’t be getting a Christmas card from Urban Meyer this holiday season. Hayes has decided that it’s time for Will Muschamp to come right out and say what’s wrong with the Gators’ program as it suffers through its second-straight five-loss season. That being — in Hayes’ words – that it’s all Urban Meyer’s fault:
“That’s right, the guy who won two national titles in six years at Florida left Muschamp with a heaping pile of I’m getting out of Dodge before it gets really bad.
– Florida has two (constantly injured) 180-pound tailbacks in a physical, grinding league.
– Florida doesn’t have a wide receiver that can get open, beat coverage and consistently makes plays. Much less catch the ball.
– Florida doesn’t have a true defensive end on the entire squad.
– Florida doesn’t have a legitimate offensive tackle; a significant issue since the new pro-style offense is built around throwing off play-action.
– Florida has 65 scholarship players (20 under the NCAA limit).”
Ouch. Of course, it’s hard to argue with anything Hayes writes. Since Tim Tebow’s senior season, we’ve been writing on MrSEC.com that the Gators have been unable to develop skill players to put around their signal-caller.
This year, it’s become clear that skill players weren’t the only problem in Gainesville.