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|Thanks, Will Muschamp|
Thank you, Will Muschamp.
Let's hope this is not the exception, but the rule.
There appeared to be very few rules under former Florida coach Urban Meyer.
Muschamp did something earlier this month that Urban Legend In His Own Mind never thought about.
He kicked a player off the Gator football team who broke the law as well as a team rule and then laughed at it by doing it again.
Muschamp permanently dismissed cornerback Janoris Jenkins - arguably the best defensive back in the SEC - from team following his second marijuana-related arrest in 2011.
What makes this move even more impressive is the fact that the defensive backfield is one of the weakest links of the Gator team and Jenkins was the best player on the field.
More than 30 players were arrested while Meyer displayed his tunnel vision in Swampland.
He seemed to look the other way countless times. Maybe he was too busy practicing to be Lou Holtz.
As far as the current Gator defensive backfield, sophomore Cody Riggs, redshirt junior Jeremy Brown, and redshirt senior Moses Jenkins have a combined 15 starts between them.
As for the rest of the cast, sophomore Jaylen Watkins played in ten games last year, though only as a special teams contributor. Incoming freshmen De'Ante Saunders, Marcus Roberson, Valdez Showers, and Louchiez Purifoy will need to grow up fast; we'd be surprised if any of them redshirt. Saunders enrolled early, went through spring drills and was listed as a backup nickel corner by the end.
Florida may get burned on the playing field a few times by the likes of Aaron Murray, Tyler Bray, A.J. McCarron and Jordan Jefferson. (OK, that last one was said kind of tongue-in-cheek.
But the Gators will not get burned for doing the wrong thing off the field anymore.
if you have discipline off the field, it will lead to discipline on the field.
It will also lead to more team chemistry and unity, something I believe is highly under-rated.
Even when he was an assistant coach under Nick Saban at LSU, many figured a bright future for Muschamp as a head coach down the road.
He's certainly making the right moves off the field before his first game under the lights.
At a school like Florida, Muschamp can pick and choose the athletes he wants to wear the blue and orange. Some of the prima donnas who have played under Meyer better get that message soon. Or they will be following Jenkins out the door.
The sad thing about it is that an FCS school will take him in a heartbeat and talk about how he just made a mistake and he is a different person now.
And then they will have all kinds of problems because you can rest assured Jenkins will consider himself bigger than the program and cause all kinds of inner turmoil.
But he will also be one of the best athletes on the field on Saturday night. And, sadly, that's all some schools and coaches think about. Fortunately, Muschamp does not appear to be one of them.
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