Sallee: Muschamp Sets New Tone For Florida
Former Florida CB Janoris Jenkins
Florida head coach Will Muschamp set the tone for the Florida program by dismissing star cornerback Janoris Jenkins, following his second marijuana-related arrest this year.
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He doesn't have the championships that Urban Meyer brought to Florida; but so far, new Florida head coach Will Muschamp has done something that his predecessor was reluctant to do in Gainesville – properly discipline his football players.
Muschamp dismissed star cornerback Janoris Jenkins on Tuesday, days after his second marijuana-related arrest this year.
"After meeting with Janoris Jenkins today, we both felt it was in his best interest to move ahead to the next stage of his career," Muschamp said via his Twitter account. "We appreciate Janoris' contributions to the University of Florida during his time here and wish him the best of luck."
Let's get past the initial shock of Jenkins' departure. For football purposes, it wasn't something that Muschamp wanted to do. It was, however, something that he HAD to do.
The University of Florida, while enjoying a high level of success on the field under Meyer's watch, had become a disciplinary joke off of it. More than 30 players were arrested during Meyer's tenure. Whether it was trouble with the law or otherwise, players generally got off light in terms of punishment from the program itself.
Last season, Chris Rainey sent threatening text messages to his girlfriend, but was allowed to rejoin the team a month later – coincidentally after the Gators lost two consecutive conference games. In 2009, linebacker Brandon Spikes was suspended for a half after gouging the eyes of Georgia running back Washaun Ealey. Spikes later voluntarily increased his suspension to a full game.
When it was announced that Florida hired Muschamp, I questioned the move. Is he head coaching material? Does he have what it takes to follow Meyer?
Since the hire, Muschamp has done everything right. He hired a solid coaching staff, recruited well (considering the condensed time frame) and has established a culture of accountability that was absent during Meyer's tenure. That culture is something that Muschamp stressed in his introductory press conference. Granted, every coach probably would have said the same thing at that time, but in his first real test, Muschamp passed with flying colors.
It's unfair, but Muschamp had to give Jenkins the boot. If he hadn't, the discipline stigma that's associated with the University of Florida would have hard for him to shake – no matter how he handles future disciplinary problems.
Barrett Sallee covers the SEC for www.CollegeFootballNews.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on Twitter at @BarrettSallee
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