Richt: 'Red and black' in Muschamp's veins
Published: Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 6:37 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 6:37 p.m.
HOOVER, Ala. — Standing at the podium at SEC Media Days on Wednesday, new Florida coach Will Muschamp was asked what it feels like being a Georgia guy coaching at Florida.
His reply was quick and emphatic.
“I'm a Florida guy,” said Muschamp, a former standout strong safety for the Bulldogs.
A day later, Georgia coach Mark Richt, who happens to be from Florida, refuted Muschamp's statement.
“I'm sure he's going to tell everybody in Florida he's through and through (Florida), all that,” Richt said. “I'm sure there's some red and black in his veins.”
Richt then went on to praise the Bulldog turned Gator.
“Will is a great person, great coach, great competitor,” Richt said. “He understands the game. He understands how to recruit. He gets it. That's why he's where he's at.
“I don't think there's any doubt that he's going to have a high level of success at Florida. It's probably going to be pretty weird for him, my guess is, when we play.”
Richt said he had a similar experience after he left Florida State to become the head coach at Georgia and the Bulldogs played the Seminoles in a bowl game.
“Once you kick it off, it changes everything,” Richt said. “You know who you're playing for, you know who you're rooting for.
“It won't take (Muschamp) long to know where his allegiance is.”
Dream Team hits Athens
Georgia's highly rated recruiting class is considered one of the best in school history. It's even been given a nickname — The Dream Team.
Richt said the true freshmen will play a role this season.
“We don't really expect a freshman to come in and carry our program,” Richt said. “We expect them to come in and compete, learn what to do. If they have the talent base, they're mature enough to be prepared to play, we'll play them.
“There is no question we'll need help from the freshman class to become a championship team. I don't have any doubt about that.”
A question for coach
Near the end of his time on the podium, Richt fielded a question from someone he knows well — his All-SEC center Ben Jones.
Jones asked Richt if he trusted his offensive line.
“Let me say this,” Richt said. “You weren't in here when I was bragging about the offensive line. They're worried about the depth on our offensive line. I'm not worried about the depth if nobody gets hurt.
“I think Ben Jones is the best center in America. I think he's going to win the Remington Award. He's a great competitor. … Great question, by the way, Ben.”