GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Brian White expects to be at Florida next season, regardless of what job title he holds.
White, the team's running backs coach and interim offensive coordinator, said Tuesday he won't have any harsh feelings if coach Will Muschamp decides to hire someone else to replace Charlie Weis.
Weis left to take the head coaching job at Kansas earlier this month, and Muschamp tabbed White to call plays against Ohio State in the Gator Bowl on Jan. 2.
So the next two weeks and the bowl game are his audition.
"Every day is an audition for the job that you have," White said, speaking for the first time since the staff changes. "I learned a long time ago: Do a great job with the job that you have. Don't worry about anything but, doing the best job you can do with the resources you have and good things will happen. That's the approach that I take every day to this job."
White has kept Florida's offense, which ranks 102nd in total yards, mostly the same. That certainly won't please Florida fans who have been clamoring for change since the Gators (6-6) managed 184 yards against Florida State in their home finale.
"It's pretty much status quo," White said. "This is what our players know. This is what we've coached all year. We can't all of the sudden go and do something out of the box in a couple weeks. That would be foolish. It's an excellent offense. It's had proven success. Our players understand it. We're a work in progress, and we're gonna continue to get better throughout this preparation and play well on Jan. 2 against Ohio State."
Muschamp interviewed Jacksonville University head coach Kerwin Bell for the offensive coordinator position last week, but has said repeatedly that White will be considered for the job.
White might even be called the leading candidate since Muschamp made it clear Monday that he is looking for some offensive continuity with the new hire.
"We're not going to come in here and change what we're doing," Muschamp said. "I don't think that it's smart to hire a guy and have 40 guys learn as opposed to one guy learning. Obviously, will he tweak some things? Certainly. Will he change some things? Maybe. We're not going just take a playbook, throw it out the window and bring another one in.
"We've got a young football team and I think continuity is the most important thing at this point with our football team. That's really the parameters I'm looking for right now. You continue to talk to people and visit and talk to people face to face and find out if they are a fit. And you exhaust all measures to make sure you find the right guy."
White has nine years of experience as an offensive coordinator, including seven at Wisconsin (1999-2005). He also spent two years as Syracuse's offensive coordinator and worked the 2008 season as Washington's special teams coordinator. Former coach Urban Meyer hired White as tight ends/fullbacks coach in 2009, and then he moved to running backs under Muschamp.
He's coached every offensive position since beginning his career as a graduate assistant at Fordham in 1986.
He hasn't called plays since 2007, but expects it to be an easy transition.
"I've always enjoyed it," White said. "It's always a great experience to be able to put together a game plan with your coaches. It's always a collaborative effort. It's fun to play chess. Football is nothing but a game of violent chess. The best part is we as coaches don't have to take any of the hits."
Weis' departure surprised Muschamp, White and several players. The team returned to practice last week and this week — with White in a bigger role— and receiver Andre Debose game him a rave review.
"Coach White is a great play-caller," Debose said. "He has a track record. He has done it before. I'm behind him 100 percent. Coach White is a genius, I feel like, as an offensive mind."