And we're off.
It didn't take long before a head coach provided the college football world with a little entertainment. In fact, it came from Florida head coach Will Muschamp, who happened to be the first to step to the podium Tuesday at SEC media days.
Muschamp on Meyer: "We appreciate our friends from Ohio making sure we're complying w/NCAA rules ...— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) July 16, 2013
Muschamp on Meyer (cont.): ... they certainly know a lot about NCAA rules"— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) July 16, 2013
That is going to sting.
This is an obvious response to the news of Meyer and Ohio State turning in Florida assistant coach Brian White for a recruiting violation. Clay Travis of FOX Sports reported that there was a breach of the "bump rule" during the pursuit of running back/defensive back Curtis Samuel.
Was Muschamp out of line for his Ohio State comments?
Meyer later denied having anything to do with the noncompliance, per Pat Dooley of The Gainesville Sun. Meyer didn't mention if the accusations were untrue, but he wants everybody to know that he bears no responsibility in the matter.
Well, Muschamp frankly doesn't care who was involved. He didn't appreciate his staff getting ratted out, and he's coming out swinging verbal haymakers.
Meyer will have the opportunity to respond during Big Ten media days on July 24 and 25.
Muschamp also touched on the Aaron Hernandez situation, although he made sure to take the cautious approach this time, per Edgar Thompson of the Orlando Sentinel:
Muschamp on Aaron Hernandez: “That’s something bigger than a Florida problem. It’s life. It’s a horrible situation.” #Gators— Sentinel Gators beat (@osgators) July 16, 2013
Hernandez was a member of Florida's 2009 national championship team. He has been arrested in connection to the homicide of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd.
While that incident doesn't have much to do with Florida, there have been reports of other troubles linked to Hernandez during his college days, including a bar fight in 2007 that Tim Tebow attempted to break up, per of the Orlando Sentinel.
Muschamp then made a point to remind coaches that they are fully responsible for their actions off the field, per Brent Zwerneman of the San Antonio Express-News and Houston Chronicle:
Muschamp on head coach's responsibility regarding athletes' actions' off the field: 'You're 100 percent responsible.'— Brent Zwerneman (@BrentZwerneman) July 16, 2013
If Muschamp is any indication, SEC media days are going to be a treat for college football fans.