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Will Muschamp blasts incorrect media reports on suspension

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer

Will Muschamp had a serious bone to pick with some reporters. (USATSI)
Will Muschamp had a serious bone to pick with some reporters. (USATSI)

Will Muschamp rarely seems happy when he meets with the press, but his anger was dialed up several notches Saturday when he blasted three local outlets for an incorrect report regarding the Gators' suspensions for their 24-6 win over Toledo.

"That was very irresponsible journalism," Muschamp said during what the Associated Press described as a "2-minute, 15-second tirade."

"You guys can write whatever you want to say about me ... But when you take a shot at a kid, and it's inaccurate and it's written inaccurately, I've got a problem."

Muschamp objected (to put it mildly) to reports from the Gainesville Sun, Palm Beach Post and GatorCountry.com that Florida true freshman defensive tackle Jay-nard Bostwick was among the Gators suspended for the Toledo game. Bostwick was dressed, but did not play against the Rockets.

"Our trust is done, I can assure you that. And you know exactly who I'm talking to," Muschamp said. "I don't know where them Gator Country guys are, but I'm going to tell you right now we're done."

"Who was your source?" Muschamp asked, and got no response. "Church mice in here. If you want to write something, stand up and stand behind it."

Video of the press conference, from the Orlando Sentinel:

The complete text of Muschamp's comments, per the AP:

"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.

"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.

"Who was your source? [Pause] 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."

GatorCountry issued an apology at its site.

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