Mike Bianchi | Open Mike
11:01 AM EDT, July 16, 2013
HOOVER, Ala. -- Florida Gators coach Will Muschamp made his first public comments Tuesday in response to reports that Ohio State coach Urban Meyer turned in his former team for recruiting violations.
"We appreciate our friends from Ohio making sure we are compliant with NCAA rules. "They certainly know a little bit about NCAA rules," Muschamp said before making his appearance at SEC Media Days here Tuesday.
Asked if it made strange that Meyer used to coach at Florida and then turned in the Gators, Muschamp replied: "Big Ten Media Days are next week. Ask him."According to sources at UF, Meyer tattled to the Big Ten and the NCAA, claiming UF assistant coach Brian White committed a secondary "bump" violation (making accidental contact with a recruit during a non-contact period) regarding Curtis Samuel -- a stud running back from Erasmus Hall High in New York City. Samuel, who was also being recruited at Ohio State, then dropped UF from consideration.
Turns out the NCAA looked into the allegation, and it turned out to be unfounded. Meyer, in full damage control, then told Pat Dooley of the Gainesville Sun that it was "absolutely untrue" that he turned in Florida. An Ohio State spokesperson then told the Columbus Dispatch that it wasn't Meyer, but someone else in the OSU athletic department who turned in the Gators.
UF's coaches and administrators aren't buying what Meyer is selling. In fact, they say this is the second time Meyer has tattled on the Gators, and both times the nit-picking allegations turned out to be untrue.
"It's really a dead issue," Muschamp said. "In both situations we were turned in by Ohio, the University of Florida didn't do anything wrong," Muschamp said.
How much does Muschamp dislike Meyer?
Is it just coincidence that he has torn a page out of Michigan coach Brady Hoke's playbook and refers to Meyer's Buckeyes as "Ohio" instead of "Ohio State"?
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