The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart loves to pump his fist and yell, “BOOM!!!” after delivering one of his patented slams.
Florida coach Will Muschamp prefers to deliver his shots with a sheepish grin and some aw-shucks candor.
During Tuesday’s Southeastern Conference Media Days in Hoover, Ala., Muschamp took several hearty jabs at Ohio State coach Urban Meyer over alleged UF recruiting violations over the past year.
Muschamp told reporters at the Wynfrey Hotel, “It’s a dead issue for me. In both situations we were turned in by Ohio and we didn’t do anything wrong.”
According to multiple published reports in June, Meyer purportedly turned in his former school (something he denies) to the NCAA for supposed secondary recruiting violations involving an illegal “bump” (i.e. contact) between Gators running back coach Brian While and five-star tailback prospect Curtis Samuel.
The NCAA investigated the allegation but cleared Florida of any wrongdoing. Last summer, Ohio State also notified the NCAA about a situation involving current UF freshman defensive end Jordan Sherit. It too amounted to nothing.
“We appreciate our friends from Ohio making sure we were compliant with NCAA rules,” Mushamp said. “They certainly know a little bit about NCAA rules.”
A passive-aggressive one-liner and a sarcastic thank you?!?! Brady Hoke is impressed.
Muschamp said Florida starting middle linebacker Antonio Morrison could be suspended for his June 16 arrest for simple battery, but UF’s coach hasn’t made a decision yet.
“It hasn’t even crossed my mind,” Muschamp said Tuesday.
Morrison allegedly punched a bouncer at a Gainesville bar over an admission fee, and the linebacker later accepted a deferred prosecution agreement on June 28.
Muschamp was quick to declare Morrison is currently being disciplined, and that Florida’s coaching staff is focusing on educating their players and preaching personal responsibility.
“When you sign a student-athlete to come to the University of Florida, I look at his parents, guardians, whoever is important to him in his life, tell them it’s my job to be an extension of what’s already happened at home. But you’re 100 percent responsible for the young man,” Muschamp said.
PRESEASON WATCH LISTS
Full disclosure: I hate these things. They make zero sense (see: Dunbar’s inclusion as a 'top wideout'). They’re like a Pro Bowl roster where half the players in the NFL are named to a team. Don’t bother deciphering how UF cornerback Louchiez Purifoy is nominated for both the Bednarik and Nagurski Awards (top defensive player nationally) but not the Thorpe Award (top defensive back).
The lists are flexible though, and I’m sure Purifoy and maybe even Marcus Roberson are eventually added sometime during the season.
For now, here are the Florida players selected for the various released watch lists:
- Jeff Driskel (QB) – Maxwell Award (top player)
- Quinton Dunbar (WR) – Biletnikoff Award (top receiver)
- Jonotthan Harrison (C) – Rimington Trophy (top center)
- Dominique Easley (DT) – Bednarik Award (top defensive player), Lombardi Award (top lineman), Outland Trophy (top interior lineman)
- Louchiez Purifoy (CB) – Bednarik Award, Nagurski Award
- Kyle Christy (P) – Ray Guy Award (top punter)
Muschamp on quaterback Jeff Driskel signing a baseball contract with the Boston Red Sox:
"I said, 'Jeff, if you were my son, I'd tell you to sign the contract."