12/20: White talks OC job, Gator Bowl prep

By Adam Silverstein
December 20, 2011

As the Florida Gators prepare for their 2011 Gator Bowl match-up against the Ohio State Buckeyes on Jan. 2 at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, FL, interim offensive coordinator and running backs coach Brian White met with the media Tuesday to discuss the upcoming game.

A GATOR WHETHER PROMOTED OR NOT

White wanted to make one thing perfectly clear Tuesday: He loves the University of Florida and enjoys working under head coach Will Muschamp. He reiterated on three occasions that, whether or not the “interim” tag is removed from his title following the Gator Bowl, he anticipates being with the Gators in 2012 and beyond.

“Every day is an audition for the job that you have. I learned a long time ago: Do a great job with the job that you have and don’t worry about doing anything except the best job you can do with the resources you have and good things will happen,” he said. “That’s just the approach that I take to every day in this job. I love working for Coach Muschamp in any capacity and love this university, so I feel very fortunate to be here and be part of just a great university and a great athletic program.”

But would those sentiments change if he is passed over for offensive coordinator? “I’d be happy to be here,” White said. “I’d be happy to be part of this organization in every capacity every day I can be a part of it. My family loves it here. I love it here. Any opportunity to help this program get better in any way I’d be happy to be part of.

“Will’s going to do what’s in the best interest of the football program. That’s what he should do – what’s in the best interest of this university. He’ll make a great decision and it will be very beneficial to this program. I’m just happy to be here.”

”NOTHING BUT A GAME OF VIOLENT CHESS”
[EXPAND Click to expand and read the remainder of this post.]Though he may not have had to create an entire game plan in a while, White is excited to have that opportunity once again – even if it is just for one game.

“I’ve always enjoyed it. It’s always a great experience to be able to put together a game plan with your coaches,” he said. “It’s always a collaborative effort. It’s fun to be able to play chess. Football is nothing but a game of violent chess, and the best part is that we as coaches don’t have to take any of the hits.”

He is also not concerned about the long layoff and believes football is the exact same game it was last time he had the permanent role of offensive coordinator.

“You may think football has changed but it hasn’t. Football is really still a very simple game,” White said. “It is who blocks and tackles the best and who scores more points than the other team, who is better fundamentally, who is tougher physically and tougher mentally. That’s who is going to win the game. It’s not nuclear physics. It’s about execution.”

NOTES AND QUOTES

» On how bowl practices have been going: “It’s been really good. I really like where the players are at right now. They seem very motivated and looking forward to playing in a big-time bowl game against one of the most traditional programs in America.”

» White said he and football Jeff Blasko are the ones currently working with the quarterbacks heading into the bowl game. “Jeff’s a wonderful young coach who has done a nice job with our players,” he said.

» On the health of the running backs: “They’ve made every practice; they’re probably as healthy as they’ve been all year. I’m really looking forward to them being at full strength for the bowl.”[/EXPAND]

6 Comments

  1. true gator says:

    A coach with the right attitude….Go Gators!!!

    • SC Gator says:

      Yup. That’s why I’d really love to see him and Bell split the job up. I think both brings something of value to the job and I think they’d be stronger as a team then either of them individually.

  2. G2 says:

    I like this guy but think we need a big name to bring inn offensive recruits this year. We need play makers now or else this coaching staff will not survive for the long haul.

    • CeeThree says:

      completely disagree, big names leave for HC gigs right away, then you’re right back here next year.. we need stability right now, get an off the radar, smart, creative guy who’s called plays at some point, successfully, and let him grow with Jacoby, Jeff, and a recruiting class before they all leave (HC job, graduate, transfer, early to NFL, w/e).

      • G2 says:

        See and agree with what you are saying but don’t think we will attract the offensive studs needed at this point. Except for qb, we are void of playmakers. As much as I like KB, does anyone outside of Florida know who he is?
        We are in a tough spot for sure.

  3. CeeThree says:

    I love his attitude, honestly never really knew anything about this guy. It feels more and more to me like he’s going to be the guy, I just hope Kerwin gets brought on as QB coach/co-OC, assuming he’d be cool with that.

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