Muschamp fires at Meyer, Ohio State

HOOVER, Ala. -- The bad blood between Florida and Ohio State isn't going away anytime soon. In early July, reports surfaced that Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer turned the Gators into the NCAA for a recruiting violation when Florida assistant Brian White allegedly bumped into a recruit on his high school campus. At SEC Media Days on Tuesday, Florida head coach Will Muschamp still wasn't happy.

Legs crossed, sitting comfortably at a table in a suite at The Wynfrey Hotel, Will Muschamp addressed plenty of issues on Tuesday afternoon just a half hour after the Gators' plane landed in Hoover, Ala. The moment a reporter brought up the alleged violations that Urban Meyer turned Florida into the NCAA for, Muschamp sat up a little straighter and the wheels in his head noticeably started to turn.

The report was made public just under two weeks ago, so the Florida head coach had some time to think about it and make sure he got his point across when asked. He did just that on Tuesday.

"It's really a dead issue," Muschamp said, initially downplaying the issue. "In both situations, we were turned in by Ohio. We didn't do anything wrong. The University of Florida didn't do anything wrong."

He was right, and the NCAA cleared the Gators of any wrongdoing.

Muschamp could've left it there. He could've pointed out that the Gators no longer had the accusation hanging over them and that it was a part of the past. But he didn't stop.

"We appreciate our friends from Ohio making sure we were complying with NCAA rules," Muschamp said. "They certainly know a little bit about NCAA rules."

It's only the latest arrow to be fired between the two schools. Don't expect it to end anytime soon.

HERNANDEZ SITUATION: Muschamp was asked if Aaron Hernandez would ever be welcomed back into the Florida football program after the former New England Patriots tight end was charged with the murder of Odin Lloyd.

"That's a tragedy situation," Muschamp said. "That's a tough deal. My thoughts and prayers are with the Lloyd family. It's a horrific situation. You want justice for everyone involved. That's something that is bigger than the Florida program. We're talking about a life. It's a tragedy and a horrible situation."

Hernandez still has his name engraved on a brick outside the Florida football facility in Gainesville.

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