Florida coach Will Muschamp did his best Mike Gundy impression Saturday when he ripped into the media following the Gators’ 24-6 win over Toledo.
Muschamp was upset for what he called “irresponsible journalism” by three local outlets – Gainesville Sun, Palm Beach Post and GatorCountry.com – that reported, via sources, freshman defensive tackle Jay-nard Bostwick had been suspended for the game because of a violation of team rules.
According to the reports, Bostwick was one of five players - cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy, defensive tackle Darious Cummings, receiver Latroy Pittman and offensive lineman Quinteze Williams – that were supposed to miss the game.
However, Bostwick was incorrectly placed in that group. And while he didn’t play in the game, he did dress and Muschamp said he would have played if the situation had presented itself.
You guys can write whatever you want to say about me. You can say I’m a bad football coach. You can say I’m a bad dad, I’m a bad husband, I’m a bad person. You really can say anything you want to say. That’s your opinion. You can talk about our offense, our defense, our special teams. You can talk about our coaching staff, you can talk about our administration. That’s your opinion. And you’re entitled to that, and that’s fair.
But when you take a shot at a kid and it’s inaccurate, and it’s written inaccurately, I got a problem. So I can be accused of a lot of things of being overprotective of our players for accurate information.
I am really pissed off, and it’s wrong…
I can tell you our trust is done. I can assure you that.
During the rant, Muschamp also asked for the newspapers’ sources and said he was going to talk to athletic director Jeremy Foley about revoking those outlets’ access to the program.
Muschamp did mention that Bostwick (though he didn’t mention him by name) was a kid who did everything right, which was exactly what Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said in his infamous rant toward Oklahoman columnist Jenni Carlson regarding quarterback Bobby Reid in 2007.
It wasn’t as emotional as we’ve seen Muschamp in the past, but it was probably as serious. He’s probably not going to get any of those outlets banned, but he’s probably not going to go out of his way to help them much either.
Tough way to start off the season.
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