GAINESVILLE — Four days after Florida WR coach and recruiting coordinator Aubrey Hill was reportedly linked to a massive recruiting scandal at his former school, Miami, Gators' coach Will Muschamp said he's standing behind Hill.
On Tuesday, Yahoo Sports reported that former Miami booster Nevin Shapiro, who is serving prison time for a $930 million Ponzi scheme, alleged to have provided multiple improper benefits to recruits and former players, some with Hill's knowledge. Former Miami recruits and current Gators Matt Patchan and Andre Debose were also implicated, but have since had their eligibility cleared by the NCAA.
"I've talked to Aubrey after the article came out," Muschamp said following Saturday's scrimmage. "I feel very comfortable with he and I's conversation. I support Aubrey 100 percent. I'm glad he's here at Florida and that's all I'm really going to comment on. We released a statement on both Matt and Andre and obviously there was nothing there as far as that was concerned. So I'm going to leave it at that."
INJURY UPDATE: CB Jeremy Brown (knee) missed all of practice last week, but Muschamp said he expects him to return by the middle of this week. TE Jordan Reed (hamstring) missed several practice days but participated in the scrimmage. QB John Brantley was held out of Saturday's scrimmage with a sore back. "There's nothing serious," Muschamp said. "We felt like we're going to have a scrimmage Wednesday and I would rather make sure he's full go into that as we start to game plan into Florida Atlantic. That was simply just camp reps, it was nothing more than that, so I know we don't need to make much more of it than that. He's fine."
LOCALS LEADING: If the season started today, St. Petersburg Catholic alumnus Jon Halapio would be the starting RG and Armwood's Patchan would start at RT, Muschamp said. Jon Harrison is at C, Kyle Koehne is at LG, Xavier Nixon at LT. But that could all change before the season-opener as several players are still vying for starting roles.