Florida Gators coach Will Muschamp spoke with the press on Monday afternoon at SEC Media Days. As is his nature, Muschamp was very direct about his job and the team. He addressed being on a hot seat without any prompting, as well as last year’s inconsistency on special teams, and the deficiency on offense.
However, the session wasn’t all licking wounds and reliving the past. Muschamp believes that this year’s squad is the most complete team Florida has fielded during his tenure. He also gave a very promising injury update – only two players will be unable to go full-speed heading into fall.
Below are some bullet points from the press conference. For the complete transcripts, click here.
On rebounding from a difficult season:
Excited about August 3rd. That’s when our guys come in. Start practice on August 4th, 20 days from now after a very disappointing, frustrating season last year at the University of Florida. Falls on my shoulders. Going through it, very difficult year for us. Certainly not our expectation. There will be a lot of chatter about hot seat business. That’s part of it. The way you combat that is having a winning football team and winning football games, which is what we’re going to do.
On hiring Kurt Roper:
We needed to make some changes on offense. I felt like our kids had lost confidence in some things we were doing offensively … In making that change, I felt like Kurt Roper was a great hire for us from a standpoint of a guy that philosophically is on the same page with me as what we want to be, that’s a balanced offense.
Last year at Duke University, he had over 20 rushing touchdowns, over 20 passing touchdowns. That’s the type of balance I think we’ll need in our league. You can’t get one‑dimensional in this league or you’re really going to struggle, in my opinion. We’ve been too one‑dimensional on offense.
On handling “hot seat” talk:
Well, I think you combat the hot seat talk with having a good team and winning games. Control the controllable is always what I’ve said. Control the things you can control. I haven’t always practiced it, but try and just control the things I can control. That’s coaching our football team, developing our football team. There was never any time in my mind that I didn’t think I would be retained. It’s the great thing about having an athletic director like Jeremy Foley that has a strong pulse on not only our program, but every program in the athletic department. At the end of the day he understood circumstances we dealt with looking forward to getting them amended this year.
On the state of the SEC East:
We’re going to compete in the East, but we have to compete against two really good teams in the West.
It’s a new season and we’re looking forward to going out and competing against some of the best competition in the country. Our schedule is difficult. It’s difficult every year. We look forward to the opportunity that we have in front of us.
On his “rock bottom” moment from 2013:
Well, again, no, I haven’t ever faced anything like that. Rock‑bottom moments, we’re getting ready to play, late in the season, I don’t remember the week, on a Tuesday night. It was about 9:30, 10:00 at night. I’m in the defensive staff room preparing third down for the next day. Our trainer Paul knocks on the door. I come to the door. He’s usually not there at 10:00 at night.
What do you want?
Tyler Moore just wrecked on his scooter and broke his elbow.
I can’t tell you exactly what I said, but it wasn’t good (smiling).
That was at a point where, you know, I asked him, You got to be kidding? That was a point where, you know, it was just very frustrating.
Press conference transcripts via ASAP Sports.