Muschamp Expects Great Coach Hires

Florida head coach Will Muschamp addressed the media Monday on a variety of subjects and one of the main ones has to do with the direction of the program after the bowl game. The gators are minus an offensive coordinator and a strength and conditioning coach right now and Muschamp says he is no hurry to name either until after his team's game with Ohio State in the Gator Bowl on January 2, 2012.

Will Muschamp says he has had no lack of interest in the job at Florida. There are evidently plenty of high profile candidates lining up to be a part of the Florida program.

"We're fine," Muschamp told the Florida media continent when asked about getting a coordinator. "At the end of the day, we're the University of Florida, and we're going to be fine. There are a lot of people that have tremendous interest in the job. I'm taking my time. I have talked to a lot of different people, and continue to do so to find the best fit for the University of Florida. I will make that decision after the bowl game."

Muschamp is using the resources he has from being a top flight assistant for the last dozen or so years to find an offensive coordinator that fits what he wants.

"You call people you trust and know in this profession," he said. "As a defensive coordinator for a lot of years you go through and see people that you may (have) defended against, maybe you haven't, but you know that you have a lot of respect for in this profession. It's no different than in the business world; you know people that do a good job and you respect the job that they do. You're also looking for the right fit. "

In the end, Muschamp is looking for someone that will come in and try and emulate what the Gators were unsuccessful at doing this past season. He wants to run the same style of offense that was planned, but of course run it better.

"We're not going to come in here and change what we're doing," he said. "I don't think that it's smart to hire a guy and have 40 guys learn, as opposed to one guy learning. Obviously, will he tweak some things? Certainly. Will he change some things? Yes. But we're not going to just take the playbook, throw it out the window and bring another one in. We have a young football team, and I think continuity is the most important thing at this point with our football team.

"Those are the parameters that I am looking for right now. You continue to talk to people, you visit them and you talk to people face-to-face – see if they are a fit. You exhaust all measures to make sure you find the right guy."

Current running back coach Brian White remains a candidate for the job moving forward. White has already been promoted to Interim Offensive Coordinator for the Gator Bowl matchup with Ohio State in January. He will have almost a month to prove himself over what Muschamp already knows of him.

"I will sit down and talk to Brian," Muschamp said. "But again, as a guy that I have been with every day, and now he's managing our offensive football team, and doing an outstanding job at it. He has experience at the position with his time at Wisconsin and had great success there. He is certainly a candidate."

Muschamp also doesn't plan on naming a Strength and Conditioning Coordinator until after the bowl game.

"I'm on the same timetable as finding an offensive coordinator… I don't rush," he said. "I think it's kind of like recruiting - you need to identify what you're looking for and then you go out and find who will be the best fit for the University of Florida. It is going to be somebody that is going to represent us in a first-class manner, do a great job and understand the expectations of what we want to have. That's what we're in the process of doing at this time. There has been a lot of interest in the position."

Muschamp understands the importance of the hire, especially since the young men under his watch will spend more time with the strength coach than their own position coach throughout the year.

"I think that is a very important hire, because of the NCAA rules we have such limited time that we can have with the kids in the off season," he said. "That's a guy that has to be number one, very technical in what he knows, is experienced, has a system in place for what he wants to do. But he also has to be a motivator and a guy that can create some chemistry within the team. He can positively affect everybody. He knows when to push, when to pull off.

"The offseason program is one thing, and then you have spring ball and then an eight week summer program. In that summer program, when you're in the dog days of July and there's no light at the end of the tunnel, you have to be a great motivator. You have to be a guy that can get them out there, get them going and get them excited about improving as a player and also have them bought in on what we're doing.

"It really is a broad stroke of a job as far as the stuff that you have to touch – the feelings and the different things that you have to get with the players in order to motivate them. You also have to have a great plan for what we're trying to do, which is to get stronger, to get mentally and physically tougher and to buy into the attitude of what I want to have. I want to have an overachieving blue-collar football team. He has to carry that message year round."


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