You could see the excitement on Will Muschamp's face as he spoke a million words per minute in front of the Gator Nation for the very first time.
The new head coach's opening statement lasted 20 minutes and he only slowed down once, repeating the word "critical" at a certain point.
Whether he was repeating the word for emphasis or he just needed to take a much-needed breath is unclear, but it was one exciting way to kick off his tenure.
Muschamp said that he felt like he was a "perfect fit" for the Gators and expressed happiness that he was Florida's new head coach.
Here are some important notes from the press conference:
- The Gators will employ a pro-style offense and defense under Muschamp, effectively bringing an end to the Urban Meyer Era.
- On growing up a Florida fan, then playing football at Georgia: "I suffered some temporary insanity there for a while."
- Muschamp isn't big on statistics. "There's one stat and it's winning football games. There is no ugly win."
- Muschamp on how he will fare in 2011: "I expect to win next year. We're not on a five-year plan."
- Florida will have new offensive and defensive coordinators in 2011. Muschamp wants a coordinator with college and pro experience to run the offense.
- Muschamp on academics: "If our kids don't want to get their degree and do things the right way, then they don't need to be here.
- The Gators' new head coach "got a great reception" from recruits the past few days since he got the job Saturday night.
- Muschamp will just be a "spectator" until the Outback Bowl is over. He says that bowl practice is an opportunity for returning players to make a good impression.
- Muschamp said that the main focus for Florida's football team right now is to send Coach Meyer and the seniors out on a winning note.
- "10 percent of life is what happens to you; 90 percent is what you do with it," Muschamp said.
Muschamp's first press conference offered a lot of insight into his coaching philosophy and featured a lot of amusing third-person references.
Here's a link where you can watch the entire press conference, courtesy of Gator Vision Online.