Holliday Excited To Be On Gator Staff

One of the more exciting hires by Coach Urban Meyer is John "Doc" Holliday, an assistant coach who has gained almost legendary status for his ability to recruit in South Florida, first at West Virginia, then at North Carolina State. The Florida Gators are hoping that Holliday's recruiting and coaching magic make for a long and happy relationship.

Last week Coach Holliday attended a media event for the new assistants. Here are some of his comments:

"I'm excited about getting back to a college town, which Gainesville is," said Holliday. "And, that's the way it was in Morgantown (in West Virginia). My family is looking forward to it and I'm really looking forward to it, and, we're glad to be here."

On his responsibilities:

"We haven't really even gotten into that yet. I'm sure what Coach Meyer wants to do right now…he's totally focused on recruiting. Knock that out, and, we'll worry about that once recruiting season's over."

To be recruiting the state of Florida as a local:

"One thing…it won't take me that long to get home (laughter). Before, I had to jump on a flight and head to West Virginia or Raleigh. So, now I'm right up the road. Hopefully, I can see my family a little more. There's no question --- Florida's the best job in college football. I think that it's going to be all relative. You still have got to work your tail off and recruit…and, establish relationships with the kids. The reason that I'm here is that it makes it easier for kids to come to Florida. It's been awkward. Trust is a big factor. Honesty is the best policy. I told them that I'm here for one reason and that's to win a National Championship. And, that's why I think they ought to come here too. It's going OK. We haven't really discussed recruiting areas, but, I think I'll be down south (south Florida). I've been there for 25 years. So, I'm sure that I'll continue to recruit there. Recruiting is all about relationships and trust…and, those types of things. There's no secret. It's hard work."

Concerning right now:

"I think, number one, the thing were concerned about is getting to know the players that are here. We need to get to know them and they need to get to know us. Right now, that's all we're worried about…getting to know these kids…and, find out everything we can possibly find out about them as far as their family and such. We're going back out on the road on Sunday. So, this week we need to focus on meeting the players."

On the SEC competition and how tough it is compared with other conferences:

"The SEC --- there's no question that it's a great conference and a tough conference. When you look around, I can't believe there's a tougher conference out there. I haven't been though it yet. But, it won't be long until we will be. From top to bottom, it's awful tough."

On his relationship with Coach Meyer:

"To be honest with you…I didn't have one. Urban is the kind of guy I guarantee everything he does, he's going to research now. I'm the same way. I really didn't know him personally. I knew of him. I knew what he's accomplished. I knew what kind of person he was. I know the success he's had. I have great respect for what he's done. He's special. He's just a great guy…very organized…cares about his family…that's important."

On his transition from coaching the offense to the defense:

"I'm excited about it! To me, if you're a good coach…as long as you learn the fundamentals and techniques of the position, you can coach anything. It's going to be an adjustment, I'm sure. I coached linebackers years ago. I'm looking forward to the challenge."

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