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Muschamp: coaches are ‘100 percent responsible’ for their players

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One of the many side stories of the Aaron Hernandez situation is where his former coach, Urban Meyer, fits when it comes to doling out blame.

While it’s beyond a stretch to point the finger at Meyer for what happened to Odin Lloyd, a New York Times piece published earlier this month brought up the 31 players arrested from 2005-10 while Meyer was the head coach at Florida. Some arrests were for generally harmless likeĀ under-age drinking, but others reportedly included crimes like domestic violence and burglary.

It certainly continued to raise questions about how Meyer ran his program at UF, and now its become an even more scrutinized topic for current coaches.

Asked at SEC Media Days about a coach’s responsibility for off-the-field behavior — the reporter clearly implying the Hernandez story — current Gators coach Will Muschamp said coaches are “100 percent” responsible for their players.

While Muschamp admitted he can’t know every single thing about every player all the time, he added that he and his assistants “can’t stick their heads in the sand and act like nothing is happening’ regarding athletes.”

That may be coachspeak, or it may be from the heart, but Muschamp will be placed side by side with that philosophy when he deals with problems down the road.

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16 Responses to “Muschamp: coaches are ‘100 percent responsible’ for their players”
  1. MasMacho says: Jul 16, 2013 3:05 PM

    Since it is a virtual certainty that a UF player will create a problem in the near future, I expect nothing less than a resignation from him within the year.

  2. dewker says: Jul 16, 2013 3:12 PM

    He’s been the coach of Florida since January of 2011 and has had 14 players arrested or cited! Clean up your house before you start talking about someone else’s!!

  3. alligatorsnapper says: Jul 16, 2013 3:19 PM

    Many coaches have “foot and mouth disease.”

    Even my favorite coach–Les Miles– gets that disease from time to time. This one will likely come back to bite Coach Will Muschamp in the rear, as the previous posters have already noted.

    Muschamp will wish before it is over, that he didn’t say this, especially if the Gator media reminds him of it from time to time…ha!

  4. rcali says: Jul 16, 2013 3:52 PM

    There’s no way a coach can babysit 80+ players everyday of every week. All you can do as a coach is install stiff penalties, if the school doesn’t beat you too it. A stiff penalty would NOT be missing the 1st half against a Division II opponent to open the season.

  5. dugst88 says: Jul 16, 2013 3:55 PM

    meyer, yesterdays news, these guys have 100 players to oversee. where does it start and end. seriously , if Ohio State was in the SEC, would anyone even talk about the buckeyes. they’d be somewhere between Tennesse and Vanderbilt , fighting to be bowl eligible.

  6. takingbovadasmoney says: Jul 16, 2013 4:38 PM

    Muschamp may fool all of y’all and boot a scumbag, felon, like, say, a Jeremy Hill type off his UF team.

  7. mrpowers88 says: Jul 16, 2013 5:42 PM

    Not even a year into his tenure at UF, Muschamp kicked Janoris Jenkins off the team for marijuana related arrests. Jenkins was later quoted as saying that if Meyer was still the UF coach, he wouldn’t have been kicked off the team.

    If that isn’t an indictment of the type of program Meyer was running in Gainesville, I don’t know what is.

  8. jaydm84 says: Jul 16, 2013 5:58 PM

    I like how you all forget that in Muschamp’s first year he kicked off the best cover corner in the NCAA, Janoris Jenkins (tied int for td record as a rookie). He didn’t even balk at it, it was Jenkins third strike (first under muschamp). Most of the players in trouble under mud champ so far were all recruited by Meyer. The next 3 years will tell the tale.

  9. elosopoderoso99 says: Jul 16, 2013 6:19 PM


  10. dkhhuey says: Jul 16, 2013 8:35 PM

    I love butt hurt Florida fans… Urban didn’t win the two NCs because he was playing with Ron Zook’s recruits… however, he is completely responsible for every single arrest/trouble his recruits get into for the rest of their lives… thanks for the chuckle Gators!!!

  11. inhokewetrust says: Jul 16, 2013 10:59 PM

    I don’t mind u using my line of OHIO….any person who hates OHIO and liar Meyer…is a friend of mine

  12. suprmous says: Jul 17, 2013 4:36 AM

    I agree with gatorsnapper, we both recognize our beloved Coach has had F&M Disease as well as others have and you can rest assured that he’s not the only one who’s got wounds on his ass. But there’s some out there who refuse to look at their own players and see their faults or to what degree their guys will go to get into such trouble. If they all would admit to it that’s one thing but sooner or later they always find out. Guys, I may be a female but just hang on and you’ll see that Muschamp will come back to findin out why his ass hurts and it won’t be from gator bites alone.

  13. coachbeck says: Jul 17, 2013 5:59 AM

    It’s easy to paint a broad brush here. How much compassion are you supposed to have ? Especially if the kid is making bad choices but better off with you than home where he will probably die or fall into the trap.

    Comes down to whether you can sleep at night knowing you basically fed a weak kid to the wolves. Where failure is 100% certain. Or you kept him around in hopes he figures it out and has at least someone watching over him.

    Personally I want the coach who won’t give up on my son. No matter what.

  14. raysfan1 says: Jul 17, 2013 11:18 AM

    It’s a basic leadership principe that the leader is responsible for everything his/her subordinate does. The military pounds this into the officers and NCOs. President Truman paraphrased it as “the buck stops here.” Glad Coach Muschamp realizes it.

  15. bralinshan says: Jul 17, 2013 11:35 AM

    So, you want the coach who won’t “give up on my son no matter what”?

    That’s unrealistic and dangerous to the team. If a player repeatedly violates rules and conduct, and it is allowed to slide, the rules become “guidelines” and it can lead to organizational chaos.

    Discipline is a part of every sustained winning program. Sometimes, the best thing for a kid is to be booted off a team, to show him that society has no use for rule breakers and law breakers.

    I agree that with many offenses of these kids that some counseling is required. But, after repeatedly working with someone to no avail, its best for ALL that he get the boot.

    The Honey Badger was given multiple chances and kept committing team violations…..because he didn’t respect the rules and he believed that he was invaluable and would be tolerated forever.

    Only when Honey Badger was kicked to the curb and realized that he was truly finished if he didn’t dramatically change…did he make a move to fix himself.

  16. dumbpollack says: Jul 17, 2013 12:06 PM

    This guy will end up following the Zook career path. Meanwhile Urb will hoist several more crystal balls

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