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Big wins, blowout losses, typically define 1st seasons for new Florida coaches

Dan Mullen

2011: Will Muschamp

Will Muschamp entered his tenure at Florida with great promise. He was a highly-coveted, young coach with great experience and ties to the Gainesville area.

However, Muschamp inherited a tough situation. Florida had lost a lot of talent over the three previous seasons and following the departure of Meyer in 2010, Muschamp was left to pick up the pieces.

The Gators started out by winning their first four games in 2011, but things went downhill quickly after. Florida lost six of its last nine contests, including blowout losses to Alabama, LSU and losses to bitter rivals Georgia and Florida State.

The Gators finished with a 7-6 record in 2011 in a season that is easily forgotten by Gator fans.

Muschamp would coach four years total in Gainesville, compiling a 28-21 record in that time.

2015: Jim McElwain

McElwain assumed the reins in Gainesville in 2015 and inherited solid talent from the Muschamp era. Despite not having the best win-loss record at Florida, Muschamp was able to recruit his fair share of talented players to Gainesville.

McElwain’s tenure in Gainesville began with Florida winning 10 of its first 11 games, but a three-game losing streak to end 2015 which included blowout losses to Florida State, Alabama and Michigan made the 2015 season seem far worse than it was.

Despite winning two SEC East titles, McElwain never seemed like the right fit for the Gator head coaching job. McElwain was fired midway through the 2017 season after compiling a 22-12 record as head coach.

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