It’s the offseason. Spring Games are in the books and weight training sessions are only beginning to get organized for the summer.
Thus, with the lull in the 365-day a year game that is college football, coaches have hit the booster circuit. Already, Michigan’s Brady Hoke told a group of Wolverines faithful that Notre Dame was “chickening out” on their rivalry, but now we’ve got a Florida coach poking an even bigger bear with a verbal stick.
Gators offensive line coach Tim Davis has been working with current Florida head man Will Muschamp since both were assistants for Nick Saban during his failed attempt at coaching in the NFL. By building a strong running game and defense over the last two years, most sports analysts are quick to point out that Davis, Muschamp and the rest of the his Gators staff are building their program in the same championship mold as the Crimson Tide.
However, Davis sees some serious differences between the two men in charge of these highly respected SEC programs.
For one thing, he no longer believes he is working for the “devil.” He described as much to the Space Coast Gator Club in Melbourne, Florida.
“Will and I go back to the Miami Dolphins,” Davis said, according to 247Sports. “I’ve always wanted to work with Will. Will’s got a plan. Will coached under the devil himself for seven years. I only did three. He did seven. And his DNA is not any different than Nick.”
Er, maybe he does think he’s working for the devil? If the two share the same DNA, you would think that means they were cut from the same cloth, and thus both devils. So what gives?
“[Muschamp’s] like the other guy, only he’s got a personality,” he said. “He’ll smile at you. He’ll talk to you. You understand? That’s what he’s all about. That’s Will. I’m proud to work for him.”
Guess the devil you know is always preferable to the devil you don’t.
Davis had just better hope Saban isn’t hell-bent on wiping that nice Will Muschamp smile off his face over the next few years.
Because, while it’s all just fun and games right now, the “fun” gets dropped in favor of just “games” come Fall — and if the Gators don’t continue to show improvement from their 11-win 2012 season, all those nice boosters who laughed at all his jokes won’t be so entertained.