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Will Muschamp on Ohio State allegations of cheating: "Florida did nothing wrong"

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July

Will Muschamp lasted about 15 minutes into his day-long schedule of interviews at SEC Media Days before the question of Ohio State came up.

And he just couldn't help but fire back at the Buckeyes - and former Gators coach Urban Meyer.

Ohio State has acknowledged that it has reported the Gators to the NCAA for two secondary violations since Meyer was hired in 2012. Earlier this month, OSU reported Florida for a "bump" recruiting violation involving running backs coach Brian White and Brooklyn, N.Y., running back Curtis Samuel.

The allegation was that White contacted Samuel during a non-contact recruiting period. Last year, OSU notified the NCAA about a situation with 2013 defensive end recruit Jordan Sherit, who rode to Florida's campus with a friend who at the time was a member of the Gators' football team.

“It’s really a dead issue for me,” Muschamp said Tuesday afternoon during a brief media session prior to his appearance at the annual media days event in Hoover, Ala. “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. And so we appreciate our friends from Ohio making sure we comply with NCAA rules. They certainly know a little bit about NCAA rules.”

Ouch.

In case you were wondering, that last reference was to the Buckeyes' current status in which they are under NCAA probation for violations committed under former coach Jim Tressel. Ohio State was banned from postseason play last fall.

For the record, Meyer told the Gainesville Sun he was not responsible for turning the Gators in.

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 4:16pm]

    

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