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Will Muschamp: My whole deal in coaching is...

Will Muschamp was asked during a press conference today if there were some things he did when he took over at Florida to get the players to like him.

Muschamp responded, “I don’t know about that. I am who I am.  I don’t really change for anybody.  My whole deal in coaching is if they respect you and they trust you, eventually they’ll like you because they’ll understand what you stand for.  I am about being honest with the players.  Sometime they don’t like what I tell, but I’m going to be honest with them.  Sometimes they don’t like the way I tell ‘em either.  We’re going to do things a certain way.  I think they respect that.”

“At the end of the day, coaching is a people’s game.  You gotta to relate to people.  We’re all different and they’re all motivated different ways.  I think it’s our job as coaches to find what keys they have individually.  The old saying, ‘You treat everyone the same way,’ well, you really don’t.  Let’s be honest.  You gotta figure out what makes them tick, each individual.”

“I tell ‘em all the time I love suggestions.  We may not do them all, but certainly I want your input because this is your program.  This is your program.  I always tell the staff we’re here to serve the players.  If it weren’t for the players, we wouldn’t have jobs. So it’s our job to service the players.  That’s what we’re here to do.”

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