Probably the only thing that has saved Muschamp this season is last year's 11-2 record that included a trip to the Sugar Bowl.
The Gators (4-8) ended the season by losing seven consecutive games — their longest losing streak since going 0-10-1 in 1979 — and were a mismatch against the unbeaten Seminoles (12-0).
"I feel like we hit rock bottom this year," guard Max Garcia said. "I feel like the only way we can go is up."
Florida has been decimated by injuries, losing quarterback Jeff Driskel, running back Matt Jones, receiver Andre Debose, defensive tackle Dominique Easley, three offensive tackles and several others for the season. Backup quarterback Tyler Murphy also missed the final three games with a sprained throwing shoulder, leaving third-stringer Skyler Mornhinweg to start.
The injuries are surely a viable excuse, but many insist no amount of personnel problems should lead Florida to be ranked in the triple digits in total offense for three consecutive years.
The question is whether Muschamp will alter his run-first offensive style that leads to so many close games and leaves little margin for error.
"I think Will is a really good self-evaluator," Foley said. "He can look in the mirror and isn't afraid to take responsibility for what's happened. ... We look at ourselves and how we get better. Not just sit here and say, 'Yeah, we've got a bunch of injuries, we'll be fine.' That better not be our attitude. It better be our attitude to reevaluate every single facet of what we're doing and get this thing fixed.
"Yeah, it stinks. It stinks for every Gator fan. This season has been no fun because we care."