Florida focused on playing with a new attitude in 2012
August 3, 2012Eastern Indiana Sports
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Head coach Will Muschamp had a team meeting just prior to the University of Florida's media day on Thursday and noted to his 2012 team that the Gators have been 15-11 in the past two seasons and told them: "We need to stop talking and start playing."
There's not a whole lot to brag about right now in Gainesville. Florida ranked 23rd in the first USA Today poll after a 7-6 finish last season.
"Potential is a bad word in my profession," Muschamp said. "It means you haven't done it."
He was asked if last year's showing was a failure, and there wasn't any attempt to pull punches.
"I think when you don't go to Atlanta (Sugar Bowl), at Florida it is a failure," Muschamp said.
Failure has also apparently brought a little bit more silence. Players at media day talked, in particular, about maybe it was time to shut up on Twitter. A year ago, Gators players seemed to enjoy tweeting about "showing the haters" and "shocking the world."
Teams with six losses are actually loved … by the next team on the schedule. About the only people that were shocked a year ago were the Florida fans — who hadn't seen a season this bad since Ron Zook was fired in 2004.