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Florida coach Will Muschamp credits Gator fans in "1980-SEC" style victory over LSU



About six weeks ago Florida opened the season against Bowling Green and participated in a pregame Gator walk that barely drew interest from many Florida fans.

But on Saturday afternoon, Ben Hill Griffin Stadium had a distinct feel of the days when the Gators were winning championships not so long ago.

Florida coach Will Muschamp knows the win was significant not just for the Gators, but for getting fans back on the bandwagon. Asked if the win changed fans’ perceptions of him and whether he’s the right guy, Muschamp said Saturday wasn’t about him.

“I don’t really worry about me, I’ve got a bunch of friends out there,’’ Muschamp said. “I think it’s important for our fans that we come in the Swamp and play well. We need to win at our place. And our fans deserve that. And they haven’t really gotten any exciting wins maybe, based on their perception of who is good. I’m very happy for our fans. It was alive in there tonight. There’s no question our fans made a difference in that football game, and they energized our football team. We’ve got the greatest fans in the world, and I mean that. I’ve been in a bunch of arenas – college, pro, I’ve played in them, coached in them, and today was as fine as any I’ve ever been in. That’s a credit to our fans for hanging in there."

More from Muschamp on the game and waht it meant for the Gators, who are now 5-0 and undefeated in SEC play heading into Saturday night's game at Vanderbilt.





[Last modified: Sunday, October 7, 2012 9:38am]


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