Billy Napier weighs in about why Florida hasn't won more recently
When Florida head coach Billy Napier appeared on “The Paul Finebaum Show”, Finebaum asked him a question that many people want to know: why haven’t the Gators won more recently?
This is a program that won national championships under Urban Meyer and Steve Spurrier, but after winning the SEC East last year under then-head coach Dan Mullen, the Gators finished the 2021 season with a 6-6 record.
Here was Napier’s take on the Gators’ recent lack of success.
“I think that’s a great question, Paul, and it’s one that I spent a lot of time on when evaluating this situation, and can Florida get back to the success they’ve had in the past, right. That list is probably too specific for me to go into, but I do think there are very specific things that can be done better here,” he said.
He thinks that the administration at Florida is ready to help to get the Gators back on track.
“I’m excited about this administration,” Napier said. “They completely bought into our vision here. We’re getting ready to build an unprecedented organization top to bottom. They bought into that vision in the interview process. We’re going to build a special experience, an elite student-athlete experience, it’s going to be player-based. I think you’ve got to keep people at the core of what you do. We’re going to surround these players with great people that are really good at what they do that really have an authentic care for the player.”
One way this team can get back on track according to Napier is through recruiting.
“We’re going to work our tail off in recruiting and evaluating. When we get them here we’re going to have a very specific plan for their development. So the game’s about the players and I coach for the players. I’m excited about our plan. I’ve been fortunate to work with some of the best in the entire country. We’re going to implement those lessons that we learned along the way. But I do think there’s a different level of commitment here than there has been in the past, from a facilities standpoint and an infrastructure standpoint.”
The early signing period starts Wednesday, Dec. 15.