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Florida Gators’ President, Athletic Director back Will Muschamp

Nov 9, 2013; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida Gators head coach Will Muschamp and Vanderbilt Commodores head coach James Franklin greet at center field after the game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Vanderbilt Commodores defeated the Florida Gators 34-17. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

It has been a rough year for the Florida Gators.

They are coming off their most embarrassing defeat in quite some time. The Gators lost to the Vanderbilt Commodores 34-17 on Saturday, their first loss to the Commodores in 23 years.

The loss left the Gators at 4-5. Presuming a home victory over Georgia Southern on November 23, the Gators will have to upset the 10th-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks on the road Saturday or defeat the second-ranked Florida State Seminoles on November 30 at home just to avoid a losing season and make a bowl game.

Despite the struggles, Florida’s higher-ups are sticking by head coach Will Muschamp.

“I want Gator Nation to know that I have full confidence in Coach Muschamp and his leadership of the football program.” UF president Bernie Machen told Gator Zone’s Scott Carter.

Many Muschamp supporters fear this could be the ever-dreaded “vote of confidence,” but the Gator brass promises it isn’t.

“This is not the quote-unquote dreaded ‘vote of confidence.’ This is just how we feel around here,” Gators’ athletic director Jeremy Foley said. ”We’ll stay the course here. We’ll get it right. We’re not going to let Gator fans down. We want the same thing they want.”

Muschamp is 22-13 at Florida and is 13-10 in the SEC.

Topics: Bernie Machen, Florida Gators, Jeremy Foley, Will Muschamp

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