Florida Gator fans assembled at Emerson Alumni Hall at the University of Florida for the Titletown Gator Club’s annual Gator Gathering with head coach Will Muschamp Tuesday evening. There was food, fellowship, and plenty of fun. Even Florida mascot Albert came out to join in the festivities. The night began with dinner catered by Sonny’s BBQ, the honoring of ten Florida scholarship recipients, a silent auction, and finally Muschamp taking the stage to give his take on the Gators in the recent NFL Draft, the disaster that was last season, and what’s in store for Florida this year. Muschamp started off praising his players who were picked up by NFL teams earlier this month and subtly segued into taking full responsibility for the 4-8 season in 2013. He then gave a detailed rundown of the talent Florida has at each position, from the quarterback all the way down to the kicker. Muschamp exuded nothing but confidence in his team. He even went as far as to say there’s a good chance his Gators could be competing for the national championship this year. He did his best to instill confidence in all in attendance, assuring everyone that things will be better in 2014.
After his speech, Muschamp opened it up for questions from the audience. Alumni and fans inquired about the unusual injury epidemic last year, the addition of offensive coordinator Kurt Roper and offensive line coach Mike Summers to the coaching staff, and whether or not Florida will finally beat Georgia this year. Muschamp kept a positive attitude and seemed to enjoy himself as much as the fans did.
The night came to an end with Muschamp leading the entire room in singing We Are the Boys, with everyone swaying and arms linked. He also did an autograph signing and took pictures for those who were interested. It was a lighthearted evening filled with lots of laughter and camaraderie. It was a true display of “in all kinds of weather, we’ll all stick together.”