College football: Florida’s coach fires back at Ohio State for turning in Gators
Florida coach Will Muschamp, wading through media members, said, “We appreciated our friends from Ohio making sure we’re compliant with NCAA rules.”
Florida coach Will Muschamp says Ohio State did indeed report the Gators for possible NCAA violations.
Muschamp told reporters at SEC Media Day in Hoover, Ala., yesterday that no violations were found by the Southeastern Conference or NCAA. 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 Florida assistant Brian White 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.
Spurrier: SEC coaches all for paying players
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier thinks it’s unanimous among his SEC brethren: Football and men’s basketball players should get paid, and Notre Dame should join a conference for football.
Spurrier opened his quip-filled media day address 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 basketball. Spurrier, who has made the pitch before, also said the coaches each indicated at spring meetings that 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.
“I’m going to keep fighting for our guys. If President Obama would say, ‘Spurrier, you and those coaches need to quit fighting for your players, that they get enough, they get enough full scholarship,’ then I’ll shut up about it.”
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.
SEC commissioner Mike Slive reiterated his support for paying players, “whether it’s through the so-called miscellaneous expense allowance or some other model that provides board access to additional funds.”
Spurrier also said the football coaches spoke with Bowl Championship Series 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 has always been done.
“For whatever reason, all 14 of our head coaches thought that Notre Dame should join the (Atlantic Coast Conference) and play football like the rest of us.”