“Will Muschamp is going to get fired.”
“Florida’s 2012 season was a fluke.”
“The Gators are loaded at your position.”
Those are the type of things UF prospects have probably been hearing from opposing college coaches, especially with the black eye from 2013 still swollen.
Muschamp was asked about negative recruiting and how he deals with it during his speaking tour last month.
For one, he can’t control what schools are saying about his.
“In recruiting,” he said, “there are no rules.”
Muschamp said recruits and their families approach him every year and bring up things other coaches told them about Florida.
He takes the high road.
“I don’t know and I don’t care what anybody else does,” Muschamp said. “I know what we do at Florida.”
“We’re going to promote our place in a positive way. We’re not going to talk about another school. We’re not going to talk about job status of this coach or what their depth chart is.”
Dante Fowler Jr.’s father told The Sun last year that Muschamp never spoke about Florida State when his son was committed to the Seminoles, which made them feel comfortable with him because other coaches did discuss FSU.
“There will be a lot of parents and young men who will get completely turned off if you say anything negative about another school. They don’t want to hear that,” Muschamp said.
“Generally in the recruiting process, you know (which schools) you’re dealing with. You know who’s recruiting the young man. Therefore, a lot of times that tells me how we need to recruit them. We need to be very proactive on negative recruiting because they’re going to do it. So you just understand that from the get-go.”
Muschamp stays proactive by talking up UF instead of talking down others. But ultimately, he’ll have to do his talking in the SEC East race this season.
“At the end of the day, and I tell our staff this, we want to promote the University of Florida,” Muschamp said. “We’ve got a great situation. We’ve got a top 10 public school and an outstanding education. You’re going to come to a place that has done it before as far as winning championships on and off the field, and that’s what we’re about.”