TAMPA – Will Muschamp, who takes over for Urban Meyer after Saturday’s game, has quietly been working on putting together his first Florida coaching staff. There are Internet reports and lots of speculation that Muschamp has pretty much lined up his new staff, including his offensive and defensive coordinators, and will have an announcement shortly after Saturday’s Outback Bowl, maybe as soon as Sunday.
But if he’s reached an agreement with anyone, he’s keeping it private. Very private. He’s not telling anyone what’s going on, including the Florida players.
When senior center Mike Pouncey said during Wednesday’s interview that Muschamp was hiring a great offensive coordinator, the media pounced, thinking Pouncey knew who the new leader of the Florida offense was going to be. He doesn’t, he said.
“Believe me, if I knew, I’d tell you,” Pouncey said. “I haven’t heard any names. I’m just saying that this is Florida and he’s going to hire a great offensive coordinator. But I don’t know who it is. Nobody does.”
At his introductory news conference, Muschamp said he was going to hire an offensive coordinator with experience at both the college and NFL levels, which opens the door to a lot of potential candidates. Muschamp’s new offensive and defensive coordinators likely are coaching in the NFL at the moment.
There were reports Wednesday that Muschamp’s linebackers coach is going to be Texas Tech defensive coordinator James Willis. That might turn out to be the case, but I would not believe anything until it comes from the only source that matters – Will Muschamp.
Pouncey did reveal some potential news during interviews. He said junior cornerback Janoris Jenkins is “definitely” leaving for the NFL. Pouncey also said he thinks junior free safety Will Hill will enter the NFL Draft. Both have been rumored to leaving for quite some time now, so Pouncey’s revelation does not come as a surprise.