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Gators, coaches say mental state is just fine despite Alabama loss



Florida's 28-point loss to Alabama was brutal, but thanks to a veteran coaching staff, the Gators aren't wallowing in self-pity right now.

Especially with No. 1 LSU next on the schedule, there's just no time for that.

"I think our coaching staff, at least the veteran coaches on our staff, have all been through experiences like this before and we’ve got a good idea how to handle it,'' said offensive coordinator Charlie Weis, who has four Super Bowl rings as an NFL coordinator. "It isn’t like panic sets in, pandemonium sets in. I mean it’s a very matter of fact evaluation of what we do and what they do. It’s not a finger pointing situation. It’s here’s what I could have done different, here’s what you could have done different. Let’s be objective about the things that we could have done better and here’s what we’re going to do to fix it and let’s move on. So I don’t think there was any panic, and there was no loss of confidence or all those things. I think that when you have a bunch of experienced guys that have been through the highs and lows, it becomes much more matter of fact. It isn’t like, it’s no roller coaster effect that you allow them to get on, either a high or a low.''

The Florida players are adamant that they won't allow the Alabma loss to fester like it did last season when the Gators lost three straight, including the loss to the Tide.

"It's Florida and we'll get it right thie week,'' right guard Jon Halapio said.

[Last modified: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 4:25pm]


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