UM: The pressure for me is to keep focused and do what I like to do. I love coaching players, I love teaching, and I love building teams. I'm not a big fan of dealing with all the nonsense in college sports. If I get involved with someone [in recruiting] who's not doing it the right way, I'm going to walk away. If that means we're not going to get a great player, [O.K.]. I'm going to do what I love to do and what I'm pretty decent at, and then I'm going home at the end of the day.
Is this your last job?
UM: I think so. I've made some comments before that have come back to haunt me, because you just don't know. I hope it is.
Were you surprised by the reaction from Florida fans when you left?
UM: I was. I tried to say I didn't listen, but I heard some. There were fans who were upset—I mean really upset—when we beat Tennessee by only 10 points [in 2009]. So I tried not to let that bother me. But I'd be lying if I said it didn't. I heard things like "dishonest," and that couldn't be further from the truth.
How surprised are you by the success of your former quarterback, Tim Tebow?
UM: I'm not surprised at all. Tim's a magical player. But I tell Tim to chill out now because he has to realize he's just a cog in the machine.
How concerned were you about Tebow's throwing motion when you recruited him?
UM: Big time. There were a lot of people who said he couldn't play quarterback, and I was one of them. He wasn't my top-ranked quarterback. Then I went and watched him play a baseball game, and I walked away saying that was the most competitive human being I've ever seen. He moved to the top of the list real fast.
Were you concerned by Tebow's openness about his religion?