Will Muschamp makes 1st appearance as Florida's coach

By Mark Long

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 14 2010 12:00 a.m. MST

Will Muschamp, the new head coach for the University of Florida's football team speaks to the media in Gainesville, Fla., Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. Muschamp comes to Florida after being the coach-in-waiting at the University of Texas since Nov. 2008.

Phil Sandlin, Associated Press

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Will Muschamp spent part of his childhood in Gainesville, growing up just a few streets from Florida Field and cheering for the Gators.

He left in the mid-80s, then returned as a player at Georgia and as an assistant coach with Auburn and LSU.

He's back again — this time in a much different capacity.

Muschamp, who agreed to a five-year contract worth $13.5 million to replace Urban Meyer, was formally introduced as Florida's new coach Tuesday. He took center stage for a 40-minute news conference filled with confidence, enthusiasm and witty one-liners.

Muschamp says he plans to hire his staff after the Outback Bowl and intends to install a pro-style offense, welcome news for Florida fans who groaned about the spread all season.

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