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Muschamp At The Podium

Here’s a rundown of Florida coach Will Muschamp’s comments:

* Muschamp seems comfortable and at ease.  Some new coaches seem a little spooked by the massive throng of media they face in Hoover.  Not Muschamp.

* “It’s an exciting time to be a football coach.  We’re all undefeated.  We haven’t made any poor decisions on third down and that sort of thing,” Muschamp joked.

* Muschamp said Urban Meyer has been “first class” and that the new coach has listened to the old coach’s advice “more than anyone else.”

* UF’s coach said the “most important hire” for any coach is his strength coach.  “He’s the one that’s gonna convey that message every day, the toughness, all the things you want done.”  Muschamp said Mickey Marotti — a holdover from Meyer’s staff — “does it at a high level.”

* Muschamp said he is concerned about his team’s depth.

* Muschamp is speaking faster and faster.  Maybe he’s not as comfortable as he initially appeared to be. 

* “We’ve got close to 40 years of NFL experience (on our staff).  I thought that was important.”  Muschamp said he didn’t want NFL scouts having to “project” how players would play in the NFL coming out of his system… he wanted them to see his players in an pro-style system. 

* Jeff Demps is currently running track with the US national team in Italy.

* Asked if it’s tough to make changes at a program that has had a great amount of success, the coach said: “I think more than anything that if it’s not broke, don’t fix it.  And Urban did a phenomenal job.  He and the staff did some great things that we’re gonna continue to do.  There’s things that were very good at Florida.  Why change them if they’re working?  But obviously from a scheme standpoint we feel differently defensively, do a little different offensively, special teams there’ll be a lot of continuity. … But if it’s not broke, don’t fix it.  Don’t just change it for the sake of change.”

* Muschamp said the recruiting battles in Florida are “much more fierce” due to the proximity “of programs like you.”

* Asked what he learned from Nick Saban, Mushcamp said: “Well I think more than anything, total program management.  Philosophically, what you believe offensively, defensively, special teams being tied together on both sides of the ball for what you want to be.  Not having two separate units for what they are.  You know, some teams do that.”

* Muschamp also said Saban’s system of targeting recruits stuck with him.

* Muschamp got a hair snippy when asked if he’s not 100% sure that Demps will be back in the fall.  “Based on our conversations he’ll be back.  I don’t deal in rumors and I don’t deal in messageboards.  I don’t know any good ball coaches that do that.”  Now, imagine that being said at 100 miles per hour with no punctuation.  That’s how quickly Muschamp speaks.  When asked why the coach said he still needs to meet with Demps, Muschamp said the player is in Italy right now and he likes to deal with people “eyeball to eyeball.”  He then drew some laughs when he said, “And I ain’t never been to Italy.”  (It probably shouldn’t be a surprise since both men coached under Saban, but Muschamp does share some mannerisms with Tennessee’s Derek Dooley.)

* Asked if it’s odd to get along so well with rival coaches like Saban, Dooley and Jimbo Fisher, Muschamp responded: “I wouldn’t say we all get along that well.  (Laughs).  No, I don’t have any problem having great respect for and liking someone that we’re competing against.  I played in the backyard with my brothers and I wanted to beat as bad as anybody.  I still love ‘em.”

* Muschamp was asked how it feels to be “a Georgia guy” coaching Florida.  “I’m a Florida guy.”

* “Our policy at the University of Florida is that we don’t oversign and we don’t greyshirt.  It hasn’t really affected our success.”



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