Notebook: Muschamp disappointed


Florida coach Will Muschamp said Wednesday he was “disappointed” in offensive line coach Tim Davis for making disparaging remarks about Alabama coach Nick Saban. (Calvin Knight/The Lakeland Ledger/File)

Published: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 8:13 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 8:23 p.m.

SANDESTIN — Speaking to the media for the first time since one of his assistant coaches referred to Alabama's Nick Saban as “the devil himself,” Florida coach Will Muschamp said Wednesday he was “disappointed” in offensive line coach Tim Davis for making the remark.

“I was very disappointed with what Tim said,” Muschamp said. “I don't think it's reflective of his true opinion and the opportunities that Nick gave him at Miami (with the Miami Dolphins) and at Alabama. I've talked to Nick about the subject, and Tim, and we've moved forward. I'm just really disappointed.”

Saban said Tuesday that he'd received apologies from Muschamp and UF athletic director Jeremy Foley. Muschamp said Davis and Saban have not spoken.

“Not at this point,” Muschamp said. “We've moved forward.”




Muschamp on Saban

Muschamp was asked Wednesday what Saban imparted on him when he worked under him at LSU and with the Dolphins.

“Just work ethic and philosophically believing in who you are and what you are and not wavering from that,” Muschamp said. “That's something that in today's social media attention — I'm not taking a shot at you guys at all, but you can change so quickly when things don't work in your first year and you're 6-6 and struggling and everybody's wondering why in the heck they hired you.

“You stick to your guns in what you're going to do. Do it my way. As much as anything, that's what I learned: Identify your mission statement, who you are, and be that.”

Selection committee candidates

SEC commissioner Mike Slive has asked the league's 14 athletic directors to submit names of potential candidates to serve on the selection committee that will determine the final four teams for the football playoff that starts in 2014.

Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley said Wednesday he's already turned in his recommendations.

“I have done that, and no I won't tell you my names,” he said. “I gave him two.”

Foley was asked what category those two names fall under: coaches, administrators, former players?

“All of the above,” he said. “Seriously. People who know the game of college football. People who are willing to put the time in. This will be a very labor intensive exercise. You're not picking as many teams as you do for the men's basketball tournament.

“You're picking four teams. When you're picking them, everyone is going to want to know the people that work on them, spent the time on them, they had the proper credentials. Obviously the integrity, and the respect of the general public. They will get to that point, for sure.”

Gators good to go with network

With the launch of the SEC Network only 14 months away, ESPN is going to be visiting the league's 14 schools this summer to determine what upgrades need to be made to accommodate what the network plans to do.

Foley said UF is already up to speed from a technological standpoint.

“We're good,” Foley said. “We just built a brand new video control room, so Florida right now is good. We've pulled a bunch of wire and cable, and how it all works, I have no idea. But I know our situation is all (good) right now.

“But ESPN's going to do site visits. They're going to come meet at each institution to see what they have and what we need to do and how they can help us. Those site visits, I think, have started already. I think they're coming to Gainesville sometime in July.

“Obviously, those folks know what they're doing and they'll make sure the production facilities on each campus are what they need to be because this is going to be a big-time network and what people see and how they perceive it is going to be very, very important."

Contact Robbie Andreu at 352-374-5022 or andreur@gvillesun.com. Also check out Andreu's blog at Gatorsports.com.

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