With preparation for the Jan. 2 Sugar Bowl underway, it's silly season for coaching changes and player moves.
Florida coach Will Muschamp said he didn't anticipate losing any assistant coaches - at least not right now. He's been contacted about numerous assistants by other schools interesting in hiring off his staff.
"That happens all the time. We've got a good staff and people want to them to coach at their place," Muschamp said. He said no one has indicated they are leaving.
Former Kentucky coach Joker Phillips was hired by UF as wideouts coach. Muschamp said he called him when he was fired at Kentucky and told him "I was thinking about him." He later called and asked if he'd like to come to Gainesville.
"Absolutely," Muschamp said.
Muschamp said he's "thrilled to have (Phillips) as a part our staff." In fact, Phillips has already been cleared to start recruiting for the Gators and is already with the staff, but won't coach in the Sugar Bowl.
It's almost certain there will be some moves in the player department, however. In fact there's already been one. Willie Bailey, a freshman defensive back, has decided to transfer. Muschamp said "we're good right now" as far as any other transfers but said there could be more after the bowl game.
Muschamp declined to get into any talk with the media on Monday about juniors who could be leaving early, saying it's an issue he'll discuss after the Sugar Bowl.
It's almost certain defensive lineman Sharrif Floyd and defensive back Matt Elam, both of whom made All-American teams, will leave. Muschamp raved about Elam's play this past season and said he's talked to the juniors already about their pro interests.
BOWL PREP: Muschamp called bowl preparation the last three days more like "training camp." Preparation for Louisville starts Tuesday.
"We've got our work cut out for us," Muschamp said of the Cardinals, coached by former UF assistant Charlie Strong.
Players didn't work out for a week after the regular season ended, and Muschamp said he was concerned about the team getting stale.
"It's an interesting balance of how much do you practice," he said. "They needed to get away."
TIME TO MOVE: Muschamp used cornerback Louchez Purifoy as an example of how younger players can use the bowl practices as a chance to "springboard" up the depth chart for next season. Purifoy was a special teams player last year who made great progress during the bowl workouts and played a lot in the bowl before earning a starting job for 2012.
OUT FOR BOWL: Linebacker Jelani Jenkins (foot) and Ian Silberman (shoulder) both had successful surgery and will miss the bowl.
Muschamp said quarterback Jeff Driskel, who struggled with an ankle problem late in the season, is healthy again.