Greg Knox talks about his time with Dan Mullen, what to expect from him in interim role
With Dan Mullen having been relieved of his duties, Greg Knox got the news Sunday that he would be Florida’s interim head coach.
Mullen was given the option to coach the Gators against rival Florida State on Saturday, but he declined, paving the way for Knox to have his chance.
Knox said he and Mullen talked Sunday. He also said that he has been in this situation before.
Knox, who was Florida’s running backs coach and special teams coordinator this season, was on Mullen’s staff at Mississippi State when Mullen accepted the Florida job four years ago.
That season, Knox coached the Bulldogs in the TaxSlayer Bowl, leading them to a win over Louisville.
“It was an emotional time,” said Knox in his press conference Monday of what transpired. “I’ve been with him 13 years, but this wasn’t the first time. I did it at Mississippi State when he left to come here and now I’m doing it again. We talked and I understand, he understands. It’s a business, so we just keep rolling.”
As for what his approach will be to Saturday’s game against Florida State, Knox said he’s going to be himself and not make too many changes to what Florida has done this season.
“Maybe a little but not much,” said Knox when asked if there would be changes this weekend. “I’m going to be me, I’m not Dan. I’m me, so I gotta be me. I can’t be anything that I haven’t been to the players all year long.”
And he said that approach would start today in practice.
“So (the players) understand who I am, understand how I approach everything, and the direction I’m coming from, I’m going to go out there today and be me,” Knox added. “There may be a slight change here and there, but very almost unnoticeable.”
You can see all of Knox’s comments ahead of Saturday’s game with Florida State in the video below: