Some items of interest after watching former Georgia safety Will Muschamp’s introductory news conference tonight as head coach at Florida that was streamed on the Internet:
–Muschamp said he plans to run a pro-style attack offensively and defensively. He said he would hire an experienced play-caller with a background in college and pro football.
–Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley called Muschamp a “perfect fit.” He was just what Foley was looking for in a “relentless recruiter.”
Muschamp said he went recruiting Monday. “We got a great reception.”
He called the recruiting base in Florida “phenomenal.”
“The first thing we need to do in recruiting is take care of our backyard,” he said. He also said “we’re going to take the right players.”
Since he was hired on Saturday, he said, “I’ve had a cell phone growing out of my ear the past three days talking to recruits.”
–He was asked about playing for Georgia, working for Nick Saban and sharing a house in Florida with now Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher.
“I suffered some temporary insanity,” he joked.
–He walked on at Georgia after he visited Florida and was left waiting around for a coach to meet with him. “It’s a little cheaper to go to Georgia than it is for Florida,” said Muschamp, who lived in Gainesville for 10 years but went to Darlington High School in Rome, Ga.
Of playing against Florida, Muschamp said “I wasn’t very successful against the Gators I can tell you that. I helped (Chris) Doering and all those guys set records.”
Muschamp went 0-4 against Florida when he played for Georgia from 1991-94.
–Foley lauded not only athletic director Jeremy Foley but school president Bernie Machen. “The most impressive thing to me about Florida was the administration,” he said.
–While Georgia will have a new strength coach in Joe Tereshinski, Muschamp said he’s retaining Urban Meyer’s strength coach, Mickey Mariotti.
“Mickey is going to stay on and be a Gator,” he said.
–Tim Tebow called him the night he took the job. Muschamp phoned Meyer while Foley visited him in Texas.
–Muschamp said he wants his team to be known as a “blue-collar, overachieving unit,” but promised that it “will be a physically tough football team.”
–His first head coaching job is at a program that won three national titles since 1996 including championships in 2006 and 2008. “We’re not on a five year plan here,” he said.
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