Billy Donovan focused on keeping the past in the past
As No. 4 Florida prepares to battle No. 16 Ole Miss in a sold-out game Saturday night, the Gators are strongly focusing on making sure the past remains behind them.
Florida has outscored its opponents by an average of 28.3 points, and held South Carolina to just 36 total points Wednesday night.
But Gators coach Billy Donovan said the players have to be able to put what's happened behind them and focus on resurgent Mississippi.
"Just because you’ve done something in the past doesn’t mean you’re necessarily going to continue to do it,'' Donovan said. "When you’re competing it’s all very, very fragile. The margin for error in winning and losing is so fragile. So to me it’s trying to get these guys to understand, and I think they’ve done a pretty good job, but to get them to understand that we’re in the midst of a process right now. So instead of saying ‘Wow what we’re doing is really, really special’ (it’s) 'How do we get better?' When you can get a team to a maturity level to figure out how can we get better, and that’s a hard thing to do because most of us as human beings I think you’re always battling human nature. When you have a success or something goes well, what you normally want to do is bask in it, enjoy the fun and enjoy the glory. And when the next day comes, you still want to be thinking about what happened yesterday. Our guys prepared hard for South Carolina, but now that’s kind of like behind us, so it doesn’t really make a difference how special our defense was (Wednesday). How special is our defense going to be on Saturday? Can we get better, can we improve? Getting them to see that is what’s important."
The Florida-Ole Miss game will be televised live on ESPNU.