Will Muschamp understands the full effect of the high expectations of the Florida Gators - and the dark underbelly of what happens if they go unfulfilled.
Muschamp said as much on Monday during the first day of SEC Media Days in Hoover, Alabama, even recognizing that he is on the "hot seat" entering his fourth season with the Gators after stumbling to a 4-8 record last season, which included a seven-game losing streak to finish the season and the worst finish for the program since 1979.
"There will be a lot of chatter about hot-seat business," Muschamp said during his news conference.
"That's part of it. The way you combat that is having a winning football team and winning football games, which is what we're going to do."
Muschamp was a highly-sought after coaching candidate while serving as the defensive coordinator under Mack Brown at Texas, and was even named the "Coach in Waiting" with the Longhorns once Brown was ready to retire.
But the lure of returning to his hometown of Gainesville was too good to pass up once Urban Meyer left the Gators, and Muschamp accepted the coaching job at Florida three seasons ago and has produced a 22-16 record since.
"You want to be the head coach at Florida, you better be ready for the criticism that comes with it," Muschamp said.
"Nobody held a gun to my head and forced me to take the job."
The Gators were ravaged by injuries last season, including one to quarterback Jeff Driskel, and the offense sputtered.
Muschamp lured Kurt Roper away from David Cutcliffe and Duke to become the Gators' new offensive coordinator in an effort to hopefully open things up a bit this season.
Muschamp wants to see Driskel flourish as the dual-threat quarterback that he was when he was being recruited as the top quarterback prospect in the country coming out of high school in 2011.
"We have to figure out how to use his legs in certain games, and how to protect him in certain games," Muschamp said.
Muschamp went on to describe this year's team one of his most complete, and that he is eager to get going this season in an effort to hopefully put last season behind the program--and make his seat a little cooler in the process.
"I got a lot of confidence in this team and staff," Muschamp said.
"This is probably the most complete team we've had since I've been at the University of Florida in all three phases. Looking forward to getting this thing going."
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