GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley says the next Gators coach needs to have ”a track record of success on the offensive side of the ball.”
Foley didn’t rule out a defensive coach, but made it clear the Gators won’t hire another defensive coordinator without head-coaching experience.
His comments came Monday at a news conference to talk about the future of the program. Foley fired coach Will Muschamp on Sunday, a day after a 23-20 loss to South Carolina that was Florida’s third straight at home and knocked the Gators out of contention in the Southeastern Conference’s Eastern Division.
Muschamp will coach the final two regular-season games, against Eastern Kentucky and Florida State, but not a potential bowl game. The Gators (5-4, 4-4 SEC) need one victory to become bowl eligible.