Florida coach Will Muschamp talks with reporters during the SEC football Media Days in Hoover, Ala., Tuesday. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
BY DAVID JONES Florida Today
Published: July 16, 2013   |
Updated: July 17, 2013 at 09:29 AM
HOOVER, Ala. - Prior to his scheduled appearance as the first coach at the SEC Media Days on Tuesday, Florida coach Will Muschamp addressed a summer controversy in which Ohio State (and former Gators coach Urban Meyer) reported to the NCAA what it felt was a recruiting violation committed by UF.
The Buckeyes turned in Florida for contacting a running back both schools are recruiting during a dead period. There was another notification to the NCAA involving current Gators player Jordan Sherit, who was also being recruited by both schools a year ago.
Meyer claims he wasn't the person who turned Florida in.
Muschamp just seems to have his own response - calling the Buckeyes "Ohio'' and moving on.
"In both situations we were turned in by Ohio and we didn't do anything wrong. The University of Florida didn't do anything wrong,'' Muschamp said.
"And so we appreciate our friends from Ohio making sure we comply with NCAA rules. They certainly know a little bit about NCAA rules.''
The Buckeyes are still under NCAA probation for violations during Jim Tressel's tenure, including a bowl ban last season that cost OSU a possible trip to the national title game.
IN LIMBO: Muschamp hasn't decided what he'll do with linebacker Antonio Morrison, who is currently on probation after an altercation with a bar bouncer over the summer.
"I haven't made a decision. He's being disciplined right now, and that's part of the deal,'' Muschamp said. "When those situations happen, you sit down and gather the facts and look at the situation.
"Obviously, I'm disappointed, No. 1 being in that situation that late at night. No. 2, making a poor decision. You educate the student-athlete about making a better decision the next time around.
"Hopefully it doesn't happen at that time of night. So, I haven't made any decisions as far as playing time. But to me, it's not even about playing time - it's about educating the young man. And one of my favorite things to say to our players all the time is 'Help me help you.' So I'm going to put some outlines, and I think my track record speaks for itself as far as discipline is concerned.
"You need to meet these things before you can work out as far as playing for the University of Florida. And once you meet those things, then we'll sit down and decide about those other things. And generally if those guys don't meet those things, then they are not a part of our program anymore.''
Muschamp said there's a "possibility'' Morrison will miss some games.
"We have consequences for when a guy makes a poor decision,'' Muschamp said. "There's a huge responsibility and accountability when playing at the University of Florida. And when a young man makes a poor decision, there' s a litany of things I make them work themselves back through. Guys that are willing to help themselves help me, then they are willing to work their way back."
SYMPATHY FROM UF: Asked if Aaron Hernandez was welcome at the school after being arrested and expected to be tried on murder charges, Muschamp responded: "It's a tragic situation. That's a tough deal. My thoughts and prayers are with the Lloyd family.
"Really, it's a horrific situation, and we want justice for everybody.''