GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida coach Jim McElwain has a few guest speakers lined up for his team leading up to the Gators’ Homecoming game with Missouri this week.
And the former players from the 2006 national championship team who address the current Gators on Friday will no doubt have a challenge following the legendaryHead Ball Coach as Steve Spurrier speaks to the team Thursday.
McElwain said he wants Spurrier to speak on the importance of Homecoming, and it’s a safe bet Florida’s ambassador/consultant will be able to come up with a few good stories on that topic and others.
“We had him talk to the team before. I’m looking forward to getting him in front (of the players),” McElwain said. “He’s obviously out at practice a bunch and he’s around the guys. It’s fun to have him around. He’s getting to know them, getting to know their personalities a little bit and that’s been really good.”
Florida will honor the 2006 national champions on the field Saturday.
McElwain started off his regular Wednesday post-practice media session on the topic of Homecoming and his hope that the players are motivated by that tradition.
“The idea of playing Homecoming is something that I want our guys to make sure they understand the importance (of), especially with another reunion of a national championship team that’s coming back. I think that’s great for our fans, I think it’s great for the town and obviously great for the university,” he said.
“… And yet, there’s something about it that you shouldn’t need that to go out and compete. That’s something I think that’s lost. With all the stuff that’s in these guys’ heads and what they’re hearing from all these different people, what it really boils down to is grabbing your jersey, grabbing your helmet and going out in the park and playing and having a good time doing it. That’s what we’re looking to do on Saturday.”