Muschamp goes to bat for a player again

September, 2, 2013
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By now, you've probably seen the video of Will Muschamp's postgame tirade from Saturday directed at a few members of the media.

If not, here you go.

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AP Photo/Phil SandlinWill Muschamp has shown a penchant for defending his players, which plays well in the locker room and in recruiting.
Basically, Muschamp laid into reporters from The Gainesville Sun, The Palm Beach Post and Gatorcountry.com for incorrectly identifying freshman defensive lineman Jay-nard Bostwick as being one of six players suspended for the season opener against Toledo.

Bostwick dressed and didn't play, but he wasn't suspended so Muschamp took it upon himself to let the media know how he felt about the inaccurate reports in a 2-minute, 15-second diatribe after the Gators' 24-6 win over the Rockets.

Outside of Mack Brown's breakout performance, it was probably the most exciting part of the Gators' afternoon.

People will say Muschamp might have overreacted, but once again Muschamp publicly went to bat for one of his players. Say what you will about his method, but this will play well in his locker room and certainly on the recruiting trail. Players and parents see these things and remember them.

Coaches always talk a big game about loving their players and creating a family environment within their programs. Muschamp's actions showed some of that love. It showed some rage, too, but he earned points with his players, which will pay off.

Remember when he stood up for Sharrif Floyd when the NCAA ruled him ineligible for two games for accepting more than $2,500 over several months from the nonprofit organization Student Athlete Mentoring Foundation? Muschamp ripped into the NCAA and stood by Floyd the every step of the way.

I wouldn't be shocked to see other coaches react the same way, but this isn't a first for Muschamp. Plus, his fiery attitude and intimidating facial expressions make it that much more entertaining to watch. Muschamp has no problem sticking up for his players when he feels he has to. He really cares about the people in his locker room, and he isn't afraid to swing away and support them.

Here's what Muschamp said Saturday:
"That was very irresponsible journalism. 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've got a problem."

He continued ...
"It was inaccurate and it was wrong and it was totally irresponsible. Your opinion is fine. Take shots at me all day. [Florida athletic director] Jeremy [Foley] pays me enough. I'll take 'em all day. But to take a shot at a freshman that's done everything we've asked him to do since he's been here. He's a great young man. He should have played today if we had gotten in some situations to play him. He's done everything we've asked him to do. He's a great teammate. He's great in that locker room, and to take that shot is wrong. ...

"Our trust is done, I can assure you that. And you know exactly who I'm talking to. I don't know where them Gator Country guys are, but I'm going to tell you right now we're done. That was completely wrong. You need to apologize to those parents and you need to apologize to that kid."

And then ...
"Who was your source? Church mice in here. If you want to write something, stand up and stand behind it. That's what I'm going to tell you. You took a shot at a kid and a family that's done nothing wrong, and it's really bad. And I'm going to meet with Mr. Foley to see if y'all will even be allowed to come back in here again. I'll be honest with you, it was a low blow for me. Our opening ball game at the University of Florida, and I'm dealing with this -- bad journalism. Sources said."

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