Muschamp: Gators buying in


Published: Sunday, September 16, 2012 at 7:40 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, September 16, 2012 at 7:40 p.m.

Michael Douglas won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as business tycoon Gordon Gekko in the movie “Wall Street.” Gekko's “Greed is good” speech was one of the highlights of the 1987 movie.

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Who: Kentucky (1-2) at No. 14 Florida (3-0)
When: 12:21 p.m. Saturday
TV: SEC Network (WOGX, channel 13 in Gainesville)
Radio: AM-850, 103.7-FM

No telling where Florida coach Will Muschamp's “Selfish” is good speech to his team will lead the Gators, but the early results are a 3-0 overall record, a 2-0 mark in the SEC and a No. 14 rating in the latest Associated Press poll after a convincing 37-20 win over previously No. 23 Tennessee in Knoxville on Saturday night.

“What these guys have done is bought into a little of what I've tried to sell them since we've been here is that you need to remove the clutter and focus on being a good player, and really be selfish about it,” Muschamp said Saturday after the Gators' eighth straight win over the Volunteers (2-1). “That helps us be a good football team. And if you're really selfish about being a really good player — and I mean that in the right way — then you can really help us be a good football team.

“And we always point to what is critical about being a good player and what is the attitude. It's the toughness. Those are the core values of our program. That's something we talk about all the time. It's really boring to everyone, but that's what we do. And we sell it to them all the time.

“When I walk into the locker room at halftime and there's not anyone pointing fingers and there's not anybody complaining or asking what's going on out there. Last year, to be quite honest, we had some of that. There was uncertainty of what are we doing.”

This season the Gators have overcame halftime deficits on the road to outscore Texas A&M 10-0 and Tennessee 27-6, respectively, in the second half en route to consecutive SEC wins. UF has outscored opponents 50-13 in the second half this season, including 27-0 in the fourth quarter.

“Instead of panicking, we've pulled together and had a lot of poise,” said Muschamp, who is now 1-5 against ranked opponents in his two seasons in Gainesville. “These guys didn't come here to go 7 and 6. These guys responded the right way. And we've responded with the right people.

“Are we where we want to be? Heck no. Let's be realistic where we are. We've got a long way to go, but we've got guys who bought into what we're trying to do, and that's what you need to have.”

Notes: Florida owns a 25-game winning streak against Kentucky, the longest streak in the nation in a series against a major conference opponent.

Contact Arnold Feliciano at arnold.feliciano@gvillesun.com or call at 352-374-5055.

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