Florida interim head coach Randy Shannon said when he talked with athletic director Scott Stricklin on Sunday night, the subject of him possibly being considered a candidate for the vacant permanent head coaching job did not come up.
“I don’t look at it as an audition,” Shannon said Monday. “I just think the opportunity to coach and have fun with a bunch of guys, the student-athletes that you have a chance to be with. These guys have got to represent the University of Florida. I have to represent the University of Florida.
“We’ve got to go out there as a whole team and unit and coaching staff and have fun with these guys. Be very enthusiastic, be very positive and whatever happens in the game early, we’ve got to weather the storm. And at the end of the day, that’s the only thing that matters, what happened at the end of the game.
“The best job I’ve ever had is the job I have right now because it’s the only job. A lot of times in coaching, guys try to think about the next job instead of the best job they have that’s the one they have now.”
Shannon promoted defensive line coach Chris Rumph to replace him as defensive coordinator. Shannon also moved former Idaho head coach Rob Akey from defensive quality control coach to replace Rumph. He kept embattled coordinator Doug Nussmeier as play-caller.
“You can’t wholesale everything,” Shannon said. “Coach Mac left a great foundation for us. Now we’ve just got to build on it. Like anything when you have change, you have to change certain things.
“You have to change something or it becomes stagnant. We won’t be stagnant.”
Who: Florida (3-4, 3-3 SEC) vs. Missouri (3-5, 0-4)
When: Noon Saturday
Where: Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium, Columbia, Missouri
Radio: 103.7-FM, AM-850