In his first year as head coach, Will Muschamp quickly developed the reputation as a fiery, animated, but mostly angry head coach. He was seen and even heard on television berating the officials with vulgar language. Muschamp apologized for his actions after last season's game against FSU and noted that he needed to work on his behavior and conduct himself in a manner more befitting of someone who is the face of a university. This offseason he has gotten involved in yoga and meditation, along with having a swear jar in his office.
Family members and people within the football program have seen a noticeable difference in Muschamp's demeanor. "He's a like big teddy bear," said his wife, Carol. "He comes home every night and he shares his feelings with me and we talk. He's a changed man. I've never loved him more."
"Before practice would start, he used to headbutt every single one of us and call us pussies and how he's gotta make us tougher. Now he gives us each a hug and a quote from Deepak Chopra. It's...it's weird, man. That's all I can say," said linebacker Jelani Jenkins.
Muschamp made a point to call each referee that worked one of Florida's games last season and apologized for his language and temper, and in the case of SEC official Tom Ritter, the two hungout together one day this summer to smooth things over.
"Gee whiz, I look back at last season and I feel like a real horse's patootie with the way I acted," said Muschamp while petting a kitten. "Those referees have feelings too and I crossed a line with my anger. Those guys are just doing their job and you know what? They do a goshdarn good job. From now on, if I disagree with a call, well, I'm just going to politely ask that man to kindly come over so we can have a civil discussion like two adults and if his explanation is not to my liking, well, I'm just going to have to deal with that because not everything in life goes your way. Gandhi once said, 'Each one has to find peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.' I plan to live by that."