BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The honeymoon at Florida ended for Will Muschamp in just a few days.
That's how long it took the first-year coach's inbox to fill with suggestions for fixing Florida football after its "disappointing" 8-5 season.
Expectations at Florida are higher than 8-5, Muschamp was reminded by one reporter at the annual Southeastern Conference Media Days on Wednesday.
"Yeah, they've told me," Muschamp said, referring to Gator Nation. "My email is full of suggestions."
Muschamp said the fans shouldn't panic. He certainly hasn't since taking over for Urban Meyer.
Muschamp thinks Florida will be just fine.
"More than anything, if it's not broke, don't fix it," he said. "Urban did a phenomenal job, he and his staff. They did some great things that we're going to continue to do."
From a scheme standpoint, the Gators will look different on defense, said Muschamp, a defensive guru. Offensively, new coordinator Charlie Weis will put new wrinkles in place. On special teams, things will remain mostly unchanged.
Muschamp said his philosophy isn't to reinvent the wheel just because he's taken over the wheel.
"Don't just change it for the sake of change," he said.
Florida's players have already seen some things change under Muschamp, though.
"He's very intense," quarterback John Brantley said. "Great intensity and he's brought that to the team. We needed that, that giddy-up."
Much like Gator fans, the players didn't like going 8-5 last season, either.
"Everyone has a chip on their shoulder," defensive end William Green said. "We want to be our best every Saturday and just try to get back to Atlanta."
Agree to disagree?
As much as Steve Spurrier has agreed with SEC Commissioner Mike Slive on many issues over the years — or so Spurrier says — the South Carolina coach didn't mince words when asked about specific parts of Slive's new four-point plan to adjust college athletics.
Spurrier called Slive's idea to make scholarships more than just one-year deals between players and their universities "terrible."
Spurrier said it's just not how the real world works:
"Do you sportswriters have a two-year contract, three- or four-year? Have you ever had a two-year deal?" he asked.
"If you go bad, don't show up to work, your butt will be out on the street. Everybody has to earn your way in life."
He did note the real world doesn't always apply to old ball coaches.
"Luckily coaches have four- and five-year contracts," he said. "They get paid off if they get canned, I guess."
On Slive's idea to increase the academic requirements for players in core courses out of high school, Spurrier balked.
"For some reason, we seem to want to try to make it more and more difficult on some of these young men," he argued. "They come from difficult backgrounds, difficult academic settings and so forth."
UK's early game times out
Times are out for Kentucky's first three games of the season and all of them — including the game versus Louisville — will be broadcast on ESPNU.
The SEC released its early- season football TV schedule at the start of Media Days on Wednesday. UK's game with Western will be at 9:15 p.m. in Nashville on Sept. 1.
The Cats' home opener against Central Michigan will be a noon game on Sept. 10, and the game against in-state rival Louisville will be a 7 p.m. start on Sept. 17.
Not rewriting history
As much as Bobby Petrino would have liked to claim a win over Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl last season, the Arkansas coach won't be claiming the 'W' and an 11-victory season thanks to a Buckeyes forfeit.
"It's a 10-win season," Petrino said of last year. "We were 10-3. We had every chance in the world to win that game. We got beat on the field."
ESPN, SEC team up again
The people who created the 30 for 30 series for ESPN are working on four one-hour documentaries featuring some top stories in the Southeastern Conference, which they're calling Storied.
The series will debut on Sept. 7 with Herschel, a look at the former Georgia standout Herschel Walker. The series' second film will look at the first SEC championship game.