Nick Saban Backs Florida’s Will Muschamp, Says “He’s Doing A Really, Really Good Job”

Will Muschamp has been the coach at Florida for three seasons and Gator fans likely expected more than what they’ve gotten from the 42-year-old. Muschamp is 22-16 as the head man in Gainesville, and Florida is coming off a 4-8 season during which the Gators went 3-5 in the SEC and fell to Georgia Southern, a FCS team.

Nick Saban, however, is a big fan of the Florida coach, who was an assistant for Alabama’s leader while he was at LSU. 

Saban thinks Muschamp will rebound from a tough 2013.

“I have a lot of respect for Will,” Saban said. “He’s a great coach and I think he’s doing a really, really good job. Sometimes you have a tough year, you get a lot of players injured like (the Gators) did, lost their starting quarterback.

“When you have those those type of circumstances, it becomes more difficult for your team to reach the potential they once had. I think he will respond extremely well.

“A lot of those players will be coming back and they’re doing a really good job recruiting. They’re adding new talent that can contribute in a positive way. I think Will will do really, really well.”

Florida plays Alabama Sept. 20 in Tuscaloosa, but that’s not preventing Saban from speaking highly about his former assistant. 

“Will is a fantastic competitor. He’s really a mature guy,” Saban said. “He doesn’t let anything bother him a lot when it comes to focusing on what needs to get done to have a good football team. I think they’ll respond very well.”

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Andrew Holleran is an editor at College Spun.