Billy Napier reflects on settling into the Florida job: 'I'm a product of the people I've worked for'
Billy Napier took some time this summer at SEC Media Days to reflect on his career, and what led him to Gainesville to be the head coach at Florida.
“It’s humbling, that’s what I would say,” Napier said on the SEC Network with Ryan McGee and Marty Smith. “But I think what an incredible opportunity. I get to coach football for a living. Heck, I wanted to be a high school football coach, do what my dad did.”
Napier then said he rolled the dice and took a job at South Carolina State with Buddy Pough, and later worked for Tommy Bowden, Dabo Swinney, Nick Saban, Jim McElwain, Todd Graham, and then ultimately got a head coaching job with the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns.
“I’m a product of the people I’ve worked for and the experiences I’ve had and I get to do that at the University of Florida now,” he said.
Napier was asked about what stands out about Saban and Swinney and he said they’ve been masters at building a strong staff of people around them.
“They define expectations, they’re consistent, they’re fair,” Napier said. “And I think most importantly is each team and each organization has a very specific plan to help the players as people.”
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) August 16, 2022