Florida coach Urban Meyer is going out of his way to deny any involvement in some of the stories that have come out about Cam Newton, who started his career at Florida.
Meyer brought up the subject before taking any questions during the SEC coaches teleconference on Wednesday.
"I addressed recent news stories yesterday that our SID made me aware of in the early afternoon," Meyer said. "Those stories have absolutely nothing to do with our team and preparation for South Carolina. Our entire focus is and will always be on our team. I will say, however, that I was very supportive of Cam when he left here and Cam and his family know that and we wish him all the best."
Meyer was vague on why he felt the need to come out and make a statement.
"My SID thought it was important," Meyer said. "I had no idea it was going on. Obviously, we had meetings all day. I didn't want to do it, to be honest with you. But whatever they tell me to do, I'll do."
Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen wouldn't talk about anything other than his team.
"The number 1 thing going on at our university is that we had our starting defensive end (Nick Bell) pass away nine days ago," Mullen said. "That's been a very tough situation that we've been dealing with here. We deal with the players that are involved in this program and are involved on this team. I'll be honest with you. That’s all we’re dealing with here and nothing else."