My first instinct upon Florida's announcement Saturday evening about Will Muschamp was the same as everyone else's: they were trying to get some spotlight off a guy they ran off. The more I think about it, the less sure I am about that motive.
It is possible they were trying to sneak in and deflect the story from the desperation of the hire. As I said, this is a long way from a home run hire. If Florida is one of the best programs around, they why did they have to steal the guy that Mack Brown doesn't think is ready to run his program, despite picking him three years ago to do so?
The Senator brings up a good point, too. If Vandy gets Malzahn, some folks will think Vandy actually made the better hire. Jeremy Foley made noise about Will being the first choice, but I am not sure. While the process was handled better than the Zook hire and the Meyer hire, I don't believe for a second Muschamp was the first call Foley made.
The more I think about it, the more I tend to think it was as much about deflecting the story away from the substance of the hire and more on the timing of the announcement. To Florida's credit, that has worked so far.