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Gators' Will Muschamp says coaching inexperience not to blame for Florida's problems



First-year Florida head coach Will Muschamp is well aware that Florida's 5-5 record is far below the Gators' normal standards. He realizes things are bad right now.

But Muschamp takes issue with any notion that his being a rookie head coach has anything to do with what ails the Gators right now.

"I don’t know there’s been anything that is reflected in our record based on me being a rookie head coach,'' Muschamp said this week during the SEC coaches teleconference. "I honestly don’t. I think that obviously some roster management issues, as far as depth and numbers up front, has been frustrating. Injuries – you lose your starting quarterback I don’t care whether you’re an assistant coach or a head coach, that’s a tough management issue as far as moving forward and keeping continuity within your unit, certainly on the offensive side of the ball. But how we’re practicing now is a little different than I would like to practice but it’s because of our numbers up front. We’re having a hard time repping and getting ready in some of the practice situations because of our numbers. To me, that’s just a management issues. That’s part of the deal. I’m not complaining about it. That’s what it is. It’s not an excuse. It is what it is, that as much as anything. But I don’t think our record is indicative of me being a first-time head coach. I don’t think that that has anything to do with it.''

Florida will host Furman Saturday at 1 p.m. at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.


[Last modified: Thursday, November 17, 2011 12:27pm]


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