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Trouble in Gainesville?

Near the end of November last year, life seemed like it couldn’t get much better for the Florida Gators.

Is there trouble ahead for Florida and head coach Will Muschamp?

Is there trouble ahead for Florida and head coach Will Muschamp?

Will Muschamp’s team was 11-1 in his second season as head coach, and the team needed just a Notre Dame loss to sneak into the BCS national championship game.

But fast forward 11 months and the picture isn’t nearly as rosy.

The Irish didn’t lose, and Florida settled for a Sugar Bowl date with Louisville, where they were thoroughly manhandled by the Cardinals. Now, seven games into Muschamp’s third season, UF sits at 4-3 and out of the top 25 after being thumped by Missouri on Saturday.

That sharp turn for the worse led USA Today columnist Dan Wolken to put the Gators atop his “Misery Index” this week, and Wolken says the present shouldn’t be the Gators biggest concern.

What should worry Florida fans the most at the moment isn’t just 2013 but rather what the picture looks like going forward. The Gators will lose some significant pieces off their defense next season, and where is the quarterback to lead their offense out of mediocrity? Do you see it? We don’t.

Is Wolken right? Do you think Florida fans have even scarier times ahead?

Photo credit: Dave Martin / AP

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VIDEO: Oregon DC rips Mike Leach

Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti says that Washington State head coach Mike Leach’s decision to throw the ball late in the Ducks’ 62-38 win over the Cougars was “bullsh#t” and “low class.”

Video from Aliotti’s press conference is below:

What do you think? Do you agree with Aliotti’s comments?

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Don James passes away

Legendary former University of Washington head coach Don James has passed away.

Former Washington head coach Don James passed away Sunday.In a press release, the school announced that James, who spent 18 seasons as the Huskies head coach (1975-1992), died Sunday morning. James had been undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer.

He was 81 years old.

“My family and I are extremely saddened to hear of Coach James’ passing,” current UW head coach Steve Sarkisian said in a statement. “His accomplishments as a football coach stand alone, but what made him truly special is the quality of man he was away from the game.

“The guidance and leadership he instilled into this program and community are still felt today, and will continue to be felt here for a long, long time.”

Born in Massillon, Ohio, James played college ball at Miami (Fla.). He was head coach at Kent State from 1971-74, leading the Golden Flashes to their only MAC championship and bowl game in 1972.

At Washington, he guided the Huskies to six conference titles and the 1991 national championship. James, a 1997 College Football Hall of Fame inductee, finished with a record of 153-58-2 at UW.

James’ influence goes beyond the immense impact he made at Washington. His coaching tree includes the likes of Dom Capers, Jim Mora, Sr. and Jr., Nick Saban, and Gary Pinkel, among others.

Saban played defensive back at Kent State from 1972-74 and has often given James credit for James sparking his interest in becoming a coach.

Photo credit: Bruce Kellman, Tacoma News Tribune

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