I can’t imagine many college football coaches explaining their second go ’round. I can’t imagine many college football coaches needing to explain their second go ’round.
But my father taught me that you’ve just got to get back up and work, and after months of intense rehabilitation, I managed to walk on at Georgia, where I earned a scholarship as a redshirt freshman and was named captain my senior year, in 1994. So you see: I’d been knocked down and then gotten back up long before Florida dismissed me as its coach in 2014.
I know that at South Carolina, I’m replacing a legend in Steve Spurrier. I also know that I was by no means a sexy hire. I told my new athletic director, Ray Tanner: Let’s not win the press conference; let’s win football games.
We did a lot of good things at Florida, had good kids in the locker room. We played strong defense and special teams. We simply had an issue on offense and that comes back on me.
So what does a coach do? For me, it’s always important to see new perspectives. I can reflect on my experiences working in the past for Nick Saban, Mack Brown and Tommy Tuberville. You learn what to do and what not to do…
Which evidently doesn’t include hiring the same offensive coordinator you had when you got fired at Florida.
Boy, is it going to be painful if Muschamp’s second act goes down like his first did.