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The day after being introduced as Florida’s new football coach, Will Muschamp was out on the road recruiting Wednesday.
Muschamp’s to-do list has grown significantly the past few days. Besides recruiting, he now must find a new place to live, uproot his family from Texas and find new schools for his kids.
Wife Carol said she’ll handle many of those details, but she’ll leave hiring a coaching staff up to her husband.
“There’s one source in this football program, and that’s me,’’ Muschamp quipped Tuesday in reference to all the rumors of job offers to assistants. “There’s one guy hiring coaches and that’s me, okay, so nobody has been offered a job.’’
Outgoing coach Urban Meyer remains in charge of the team through the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1. Until then, Muschamp will spend much of his time recruiting and trying to assemble a coaching staff.
He said he doesn’t have a specific timetable on completing his staff and didn’t rule out retaining members of Meyer’s staff. Muschamp said strength-and-conditioning coach Mickey Marotti has already accepted an offer to remain with the program.
“We’re going to make the best decisions we can for our staff,’’ Muschamp said. “I’ve talked extensively with Urban about the coaches [here]. We’ll evaluate those guys in the coming weeks before the bowl game.
“But nothing is going to be done, in my opinion right now, before the bowl game as far as coaches that will be hired, retained, or whatever.’’
Muschamp’s most-anticipated announcement will be that of his offensive coordinator. He said Tuesday that he would prefer a coordinator who has experience in professional and college football.
It remains uncertain what impact that will have on current Gators offensive coordinator Steve Addazio, considered one of the program’s top recruiters and who took on a more prominent role last winter when Meyer took a break due to health reasons.
“I want to hire an experienced play-caller,’’ Muschamp said. “I think it’s important that we have some pro-style systems to do what we do. We want to be balanced in what we do regardless of who we hire, which will obviously be a big hire for me, me being a defensive coach.’’