11/23: Will Muschamp’s SEC teleconference

By Adam Silverstein
November 23, 2011

With the Florida Gators coming off a home win and looking to salvage their season with a victory over the rival Florida State Seminoles this Saturday, head coach Will Muschamp spoke during the Southeastern Conference coaches teleconference to provide some insight about where his team is at heading into the contest.


Muschamp said that redshirt sophomore tight end Jordan Reed (ankle) missed practice Monday and Tuesday but should return and get reps on Wednesday. He added that sophomore safety Matt Elam (groin) has had a strain for a few weeks due to the wear and tear of the season. He missed reps on Monday but returned Tuesday.


For the second time in as many weeks, Muschamp was asked to address the rumors that former Gators head coach Urban Meyer would be taking the same job at Ohio State. Muschamp repeated his answer the first time, saying he would be shocked if that was true based on previous conversations with his predecessor.

“He’s an outstanding coach, there’s no question. The job he did at Bowling Green and Utah and Florida speaks for itself as far as his track record of winning championships and doing it the right way. Again, in my conversations with Urban, I would be surprised to see him take a job based on the things he talked about when he left Florida,” he said.

Muschamp also responded to rumors that linebackers/special teams coach D.J. Durkin and strength & conditioning coach Mickey Marotti could leave for new positions on Meyer’s OSU staff. “That’s all speculation. Anytime somebody takes a job and you’ve worked with somebody before, of course it’s the natural thing to do to start piecing the puzzle together to see what is going to happen,” he said.

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Asked if he approves of the positioning of the UF-FSU game just before the SEC Championship, Muschamp said he did not have a problem with it and it has not proved to be an issue in the past.

“I’m kind of a traditionalist. I like the fact that you eat turkey on Thursday and you play Florida State on Saturday,” he said. “I do know people bring up the fact that you’re playing in the SEC Championship game the next week. I don’t think you lack any focus playing Florida State, and I think they’d say the same thing if they were playing the ACC Championship. From a focus standpoint, it should be fine. At Florida we’ve had a pretty good track record as far as playing the Florida State game and playing in SEC Championships and winning championships. That’s not something that’s been an issue.”

He also addressed the fact that beating the Seminoles could be a positive note for the Gators to end the season on. “It’s a huge game. There’s no question about that. As far as our preparation is concerned, we try to maintain a certain continuity each week in how we prepare and approach the game,” Muschamp said. “Our guys understand the magnitude of the game. It’s a big game. It’s our in-state rival here and a very important game for our program.”[/EXPAND]


  1. npgator says:

    If Durkin and Mariotti were to leave I don’t see any big loss. I don’t think either one of those coaches has done anything recently to cry about their departure.

  2. uf_84 says:

    I don’t think we will need to worry about the SEC Championship game being played the week following the FSU game anytime in the forseeable future. Right now I’d just be happy to not get blown out on our home field against the Noles this Saturday.

  3. Joe says:

    Somebody needs to get word to uhaul. I’d hate to see Durkin and Marotti have to hang around Gainesville a minute longer than necessary

    • Mr2Bits says:

      Be careful. If you speak ill will about our strength coach who has had our players lose weight in their tenure at UF you will get Daniel M. all riled up!

  4. gator says:

    Is Urban a flat out Lair? we shall see

  5. GG says:

    Yes he is. The reason for leaving was all B.S. in the first place. He left because he saw what was happening and didn’t want to tarnish his reputation any further. Plus he got tired of being whooped by Saben and bama. He doesn’t have to play them at OSU until a championship or bowl game. e just quit on the Gators, that simple.

  6. Ken (CA) says:

    Don’t sell him short, you guys that think that losing Mariotti wouldn’t be a big hit to the program are way off base. He is generally considered the best or one of the best Strength coaches in the country. This year he is building up undersized true freshmen and sophomores that are getting pushed around. You can only do so much in such a short time with the kids.

    • Mr2Bits says:

      Unfortunately, I think you are barking up the wrong tree defending him and Durkin as their last 2 years work speaks for itself. I think UF and our staff struck gold with a motivated group of players in 06 and 08 that had true leaders at the core. The players were the ones who drove each other to be the best of the best, not the coaches as this was clear with the lack of team leadership the last two years. You can see the training and strength passion in Tim’s DVD. It wasn’t because of Marotti(not Marriotti who is the wife beater from ESPN) that these players are who they are today. Our defense from the line to the DB’s are soft and it shows in their passion and lack of execution. When you have to use speed as an excuse to why our players are not physical, there is a problem. More proof, look at some of our players weight and growth charts the past few years. They are piss poor which have directly resulted to sub 300 O-line across the board.

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