Billy Napier was introduced by Scott Stricklin as Florida’s new coach on Sunday, as the Florida athletics director spoke about following Napier’s career from his time on the College Football Playoff selection committee.

Stricklin said Napier had been on his radar since 2019 when Stricklin was assigned to oversee the Sun Belt Conference and Napier coached at Louisiana-Lafayette.

Napier said he’s well aware of the expectations at Florida and said no one has higher expectations than him.

Napier discussed the Gators culture and said, “We will have elite toughness here. We must have a championship approach in everything that we do to accomplish this goal.”

Napier added that Florida will be a team that the opponents hate to play.

“Our trademark will be our physicality. We will be in great condition,” he said. “We will be disciplined and eliminate careless plays. … We will be unique. Simply put, we want to be a team the other team dreads to play.”

Napier laid out a plan for recruiting, and said there will be a year-round routine to help players master their lives on and off the field. He wants Gators to represent Florida for years to come.

“In recruiting, I like to say academics is Plan A, football is Plan B,” he said.