Early this week, new Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain held radio interviews with a trio of stations throughout the state of Florida, which OnlyGators.com broke down in a variety of stories published on this site (see links below).
Wednesday: Recruiting is a huge priority for McElwain
Tuesday: McElwain prepared to help Treon Harris mature, Gators improve
Tuesday: McElwain laughs at Mullen’s ‘lateral move’ slight
Monday: Dominoes must fall before McElwain fills staff
But McElwain said much more than was contained within the confines of those topics, so here is a wrap-up of everything else he discussed earlier in the week, from what Nick Saban tenets he is bringing with him to the Gators to how prepared his dog is to start at quarterback for Florida.
INFLUENCE IS APPARENT
McElwain did not shy away from admitting how much Alabama head coach Nick Saban has influenced his career and coaching style, noting during an interview with Mike Bianchi on Orlando’s 740 The Game that there are things he took with him to Colorado State and will once again while setting up the Florida football program in his own image.
“We can write a book on [what I learned from Saban]. I just can’t tell you how fortunate I was to work for him and just learning the organizational part of the whole structure, everything that touches the desk of the head football coach, making sure that there aren’t separate agendas throughout the building,” McElwain said.
“He kind of told me when we first got [to Alabama], he said, ‘Mac, look, all I’m going to ask you to do is work hard and be complete in what you do.’ And you know what? That kind of helps you in life, too. I can’t tell you how grateful I was for that opportunity.