New Florida Gators head coach Will Muschamp held his introductory press conference Tuesday night, at which Gainesville’s WJXX reports he opened the evening by speaking “non-stop for almost 20 minutes.” Alligator Army’s live blog describes his pace as “a mile a minute.” Twenty minutes of BOOM! after BOOM! is enough to blur the vision of any reporter, so send WJXX and Alligator Army your thanks.
Muschamp said he hasn’t yet hired any assistant coaches, and doesn’t plan to announce any hirings until after the team’s Jan. 1 bowl game. Strength coach Mickey Merotti is the only current coach he seems to have listed as definitely staying, though he left the door open for more. He did provide a clue as to which assistants you can cross off your list, mentioning he expects to run a pro-style offense, wants a defense that uses both 3-4 and 4-3 sets, and is considering calling defensive plays himself.
As far as personnel, Muschamp said he’s tagged along on recruiting visits already with Meyer, but that he “hasn’t even looked at a roster” as far as the quarterback depth chart goes. For a team with at least three quarterbacks, that’s going to remain a hot issue. Alligator Army thinks John Brantley’s job is in jeopardy.
He also said Florida lacked discipline this season, as former coach Urban Meyer looked on in attendance.
Both sources also cite Muschamp as referring to himself in the third person, once in reference to his good relationship with Meyer and once regarding Texas.
Athletic director Jeremy Foley said Florida officials visited Muschamp on Dec. 11, the same day that reports of his surprise hire trickled out, which the school confirmed later that night.
To discuss Muschamp’s first impression, visit Alligator Army.