By now you’ve all undoubtedly seen Will Muschamp’s first presser as head coach of the Florida Gators. If you haven’t, I’ve embed some clips from it, go watch.
Now that everyone reading this has seen it, I’ll skip describing it and keep this short and sweet today.
I was impressed. I made it clear in my last couple articles that Muschamp was not my 1st choice, or even among my top 3 choices, but I like what I’ve seen so far. Now, we all know that that doesn’t necessarily mean anything, as I’m sure if I could remember back that far I would have thought Steve Addazio was an in your face, aggressive go-getter the first time I saw him (mainly because he looks like Sgt. Slaughter), but it’s always good to start out on the right foot rather than the wrong one.
Other than the fact that this guy clearly has the best head of hair of any of our coaches in recent memory, you also have to respect how direct and to the point he was. There has been no shortage of people getting upset with Gator nation for “driving away Urban Meyer and Steve Spurrier with unrealistic expectations”. While I think that theory is bunk to begin with ($4 million per year will buy you a lot of patience with criticism), certainly no one can say the same about Muschamp if he leaves town in a few years.
[Jeremy Foley] wanted somebody that understood the expectations of Florida, and the expectations of Florida is winning championships, and believe me I understand that. When he described that to me on the phone it got me more and more excited because I felt like he was describing me
Muschamp went on, all throughout the press conference, continually bringing up high expectations and how he was ready for the challenge. Bookmark this, because a few years from now when people are clamoring over any minor criticism in fear that we’re going to drive off the coach, they’ll need to hear it again.
Perhaps the most exciting thing he said was that our offense would be a pro style attack, which was music to my ears as I’ve made my thoughts on the spread clear in the past. Even better, he later told the Orlando Sentinel that he was after an OC that had experience with a pro style offense, which obviously Steve Addazio does not. I know it’s unlikely he’ll keep the job now anyway, but anything else we hear to assure us of that even more can only help. The most interesting thing about this is that it means that, if he decides not to transfer, John Brantley will likely be our starting quarterback in 2011. I’m sure that will spark much debate over the course of the offseason.
His experience in the SEC is a nice bonus as well (I just wish that some of it weren’t with Georgia). When asked about rivalries in the SEC his answer of “it’s hard to describe the SEC” is something that I think we’ve all said/thought before. It’s just hard for the rest of the country to grasp how much football means here, and how intense the games and rivalries can get. Over the last few years we’ve lucked out a bit with all of our major rivals being down, but when they get back up (and they will) it will take hatred and passion out of the team to beat them.
With all of that said, this was just a press conference, so let’s hope it actually translates to the field. I’m just glad he wasn’t rambling and bumbling on while doing magic tricks with his hands like you know who.