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Florida’s Muschamp jabs OSU’s Meyer



Published: Wed, July 17, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Combined dispatches

HOOVER, Ala.

Florida coach Will Muschamp says Ohio State did report the Gators for possible NCAA violations.

Muschamp told reporters at SEC Media Day no violations were found by the SEC or NCAA, and then he took a jab at Ohio State.

“And so we appreciated our friends from Ohio making sure we’re compliant with NCAA rules. They certainly know a little bit about that subject,” he said, according to USA Today.

Ohio State was banned from the postseason last year for NCAA violations.

The Buckeyes reportedly turned in a Florida assistant for having contact with a recruit during an impermissible time and for a Gators player giving another recruit a ride to campus.

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, Muschamp’s predecessor at Florida, has denied being directly involved in reporting Florida.

Meyer has also pushed back on the notion that he didn’t do enough with former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who had at least one failed drug test at Florida and another arrest.

When Muschamp was asked a general question about player behavior, he said “You’re 100 percent responsible for young men. Everything that happens.

“I can’t possibly know everything that happens every single night with our football team. You also can’t stick your head in the sand and pretend everything is OK, either. You need to be very aware of the kind of guys your guys are hanging out with.”

Spurrier favors paying players

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier thinks it’s unanimous among his SEC brethren: Football and basketball players should get paid, and Notre Dame should join a conference for football.

Spurrier opened his quip-filled media days address Tuesday by saying the 28 football and men’s basketball coaches were in favor of paying players about $300 a game in football and perhaps a little less in hoops. Spurrier, who has made the pitch before, also said the coaches each indicated at spring meetings they were willing to pony up the $280,000 or so he estimated it would cost.

“This is tiny compared to the money that’s coming in now,” he said. “I think we all know that.”

He said that “little bit” — $3,600 or so a year per player, he figures — would give players some pocket money and help their parents attend games.

Spurrier also said the football coaches spoke with BCS executive director Bill Hancock, who told them he was meeting with the commissioners of BCS conferences — and Notre Dame’s athletic director.

“We just started trying to figure out why the athletic director of Notre Dame is equal to all the conference commissioners,” Spurrier said. “Nobody had a good answer except that’s the way it’s always been done.”


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