Brian White has been handed the reigns of the Florida offense for the Gator Bowl and his time in charge will be scrutinized by head coach Will Muschamp, but according to White he has been auditioning for his current position as well as any other that is open at Florida.
“Every day is an audition for the job that you have,” White told the Florida media Tuesday. “I learned a long time ago, do a great job with 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. I love working for Coach Muschamp in any capacity and love this university. I feel very fortunate to be here and be part of just a great university and a great athletic program.”
“Every day’s a formal interview in this business, just in case you’re wondering. So talk about interviewing, every day you work speaks for itself. You just go out and work and don’t worry about all the noise and traffic out there. Appreciate where you’re at every single day.
White says that if his name is called when Muschamp announces a new offensive coordinator for the squad sometime in January, then fine. If not, he is very happy with his current situation with the Gators.
“(I’d) be happy to be here… happy to be part of this organization in any capacity every day that I can be part of it. My family loves it here. I love it here. And any opportunity to help this program get better in any way, I’d be happy to be part of it.”
When asked if he would consider leaving if passed over for the job, White insisted he is content at Florida with whatever happens.
“Be happy to be here, be happy to be part of this organization in any capacity every day that I can be part of it. My family loves it here. I love it here. Any opportunity to help this program get better in any way, I’ll be happy to be part of.
“I’ve worked for him for a year, so I would hope that he knows me. Will’s going to do what’s in the best interest of the football program and that’s what he should do, what’s in the best interest of this university. He’ll make a great decision and it’ll be very beneficial to this program and I’m just happy to be here.”
This isn’t White’s first rodeo as an offensive coordinator. He was the coordinator at Wisconsin for six years and during a time when running back Ron Dayne won the Heisman Trophy for the Badgers. He says that football is football, different people have different ways of and directions of taking an offense, but the overall theme hasn’t changed since he has been a coach.
“I can tell you that you may think football’s changed, but it hasn’t. Football’s really still a very simple game. It’s who blocks and tackles the best, and who scores more points than the other team who’s better fundamentally, who’s tougher physically and tougher mentally. That’s who’s gonna win the game. It’s not nuclear physics.
“Everyone thinks it’s the spread offense, or it’s the pro-style. It isn’t. It’s about execution. There are as many horrible spread offensive football teams out there as there are pro-style offenses. It doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter if you run the wishbone or the spread or a pro-style. It’s about execution and making sure your players can execute what you’re coaching them to do, and putting you players in the best opportunity to make plays and score points, that’s what you do on offense. Protect the ball, score points.
“So, our job is to make sure our playmakers are given the opportunity to do that. And whoever blocks better at the point of attack and owns the line of scrimmage is gonna win the game, regardless of what your offense is. It’s really pretty simple.”
White says he enjoys the ability to call plays and looks forward to it for the bowl game.
“I’ve always enjoyed it. 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.”