Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Gators spring practice off limits to fans and media

Steve Spurrier never did it and neither did Urban Meyer.

New Florida head football coach Will Muschamp announced Wednesday that Florida's spring football practice will be off limits and closed to the fans and media.

It is believed Muschamp's decision marks the first time in the history of Florida's storied football program that the entire spring practice is off limits.

Muschamp made the announcement Wednesday, saying he wanted to minimize distractions with a new staff.

The new staff includes offensive coordinator Charlie Weis, whose offense doesn't figure to be any different than the one he ran at Notre Dame before he was fired following the 2009 season.

But Muschamp said closed practices were in the best interest of helping the Gators football program be successful on Saturdays this fall.

Muschamp believes closed practices could give the Gators the element of surprise with new offensive and defensive schemes.

The Gators will continue to open their spring game to the public. It will be played April 9 at Florida Field.

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