Florida Gators coach Will Muschamp took a jab at Ohio State, and head coach Urban Meyer on Tuesday afternoon. Ohio State recently turned the Gators in for an alleged secondary recruiting violation.
“That’s really a dead issue with me,” Muschamp said during an interview at SEC media days.
“In both situations we were turned in by Ohio,” he continued. “We didn’t do anything wrong. The University of Florida didn’t do anything wrong. 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.”
The Buckeyes are on NCAA probation for violations committed under former coach Jim Tressel and his staff; Ohio State was banned from postseason play last fall, the program’s first under former Florida coach Urban Meyer.
Ohio State has turned in the Gators for two secondary violations since Meyer joined the university prior to the 2012 season.
In early July, The Gainesville Sun reported that OSU had turned in Florida for a “bump” recruiting violation involving Gators running backs coach Brian White and Brooklyn, N.Y., running back Curtis Samuel, meaning White had contacted Samuel during prescribed non-contact recruiting periods.
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 then on the Gators football team.
Meyer didn’t deny that OSU had notified the NCAA but denied responsibility for the university’s accusation.
“It is absolutely not true that I turned in the University of Florida,” Meyer said, according to The Gainesville Sun. “Weeks after, I learned our compliance guy (without any coach involvement) forwarded an article to the conference office. This is standard procedure. Once again, zero coach involvement.”