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Will Muschamp defends Urban Meyer's tenure at Florida



Florida coach Will Muschamp defended former coach Urban Meyer's tenure with the Gators during a Gator Gathering appearance in Gainesville Thursday night.

Muschamp kicked off the first of his 10 spring booster appearances at the Gainesville Raceway. Now in his second season, Muschamp is taking a different approach to his Gator Gatherings. His opening speech was a little over 10 minutes, then he opened the floor up, saying he wanted to allow time for more questions from fans this year.

When an audience member asked Muschamp his opinion of the recent Sporting News investigative story about lack of discipline and drug use during Meyer's six-year tenure in Gainesville, Muschamp came to Meyer's defense.

"I think Urban Meyer did a great job at the University of Florida,'' Muschamp said. "He won two conference championships. He won two national championships. And I don’t know how you can do that without discipline. That’s my opinion. I wasn’t here at that time, but I know that I am very proud to be part of a program that he was a part of, and he did a great job at Florida.''

Muschamp has said, and he reiterated it again on Thursday, that the talent level at Florida had dipped considerably when he arrived last season, which the Sporting News story also addressed.

It's up to you to decide whether he was sincere or doing what was necessary in a very public setting. By the way, his remarks were met with loud applause from the audience, which means not every Florida fan is upset withMeyer as it often seems to appear these days.

There were some lighter moments at the event. When a woman stood to ask a question, but opened my saying she as a bank president and that "we have free checking", Muschamp smiled and responded: "Niiccceeee.''

Then when another opened her question by asking if he had sufficient home insurance coverage, Muschamp said: "My wife takes care of all of that. I sure hope so.''

Prior to the event, Muschamp met with the media and talked about the Gators' offseason. He said he's now meeting with players individually and there may be some attrition over the next several weeks.

Muschamp also said LB/DE Ronald Powell is scheduled to undergo surgery to repair his torn ACL on Monday, but currently has no swelling and full range of motion.

Here more on his thoughts about the team and the lack of Florida players in this year's NFL Draft here:

[Last modified: Thursday, April 19, 2012 7:52pm]


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