Florida coach Muschamp sarcastically thanks Ohio St.
Florida coach Will Muschamp contends Ohio State did report the Gators for possible NCAA violations.
Muschamp told reporters Tuesday — the first day of Southeastern Conference media days in Hoover, Ala. — no violations were found by the SEC or NCAA, and then he took a jab at Ohio State.
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“And so we appreciated our friends from Ohio making sure we’re compliant with NCAA rules,” Muschamp said. “They certainly know a little bit about that subject.”
The Big Ten school was banned from bowls last season because of violations.
The Buckeyes reportedly turned in Florida assistant coach Brian White for having contact with a recruit during an impermissible time and for a Gators player giving another recruit a ride to campus.
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, Muschamp’s predecessor at Florida, has denied being involved in reporting the Gators.
“It is absolutely not true that I turned in the University of Florida,” Meyer told the Gainesville Sun earlier this month. “Weeks after, I learned our compliance guy [without any coach involvement] forwarded an article to the conference office. This is standard procedure. Once again, zero coach involvement.”
Slive pushes his agenda
Commissioner Mike Slive used part of his annual address opening SEC media days to reiterate his push for athletes to receive a scholarship that covers the total cost of attending college.
Slive reiterated proposals he made two years ago, including boosting financial aid for athletes; upgrading recruiting rules to fit new technology; and increasing academic-eligibility requirements for incoming freshmen and transfers.
Washington asks judge to dismiss ex-player’s suit
Washington Redskins officials are asking a judge to dismiss an ex-NFL player’s lawsuit that accuses the team and former assistant coach Gregg Williams of running a bounty program that encouraged players to intentionally injure opponents.
The former player, linebacker Barrett Green, says he was targeted by Washington during a 2004 game, resulting in a career-ending knee injury. Green was playing for the New York Giants at the time. He filed a lawsuit earlier this year against the Washington team, Williams and the player who hit him, Robert Royal.
The team, in a response filed in federal court in Greenbelt, Md., said Green’s claims are “utterly baseless.” But, even if they were true, his lawsuit is pre-empted by an NFL collective-bargaining agreement and was filed too late, team lawyers wrote.
Williams was suspended by the league last year for running a bounty scheme with another team, the New Orleans Saints, where he was defensive coordinator from 2009 to 2011. Williams, 55, is a defensive assistant coach for the Tennessee Titans.
Meanwhile, the Washington team announced longtime tight end Chris Cooley, 31, will work on its radio broadcasts.
Packers hit paydirt again
The Green Bay Packers released details of another banner year financially, crediting winning, revenue-sharing across the league and shrinking player costs.
Mark Murphy, team president and chief executive officer, said the publicly owned Packers (11-5 last season, down from 15-1 the previous season) generated a record $308.1 million in revenue, up 2 percent from 2012’s record $302 million.
The publicly owned team made a record $54.3 million in profits, up 26.4 percent from last year’s then-record $43 million.
Dunlap gets extension
The Cincinnati Bengals signed defensive end Carlos Dunlap, 24, to a five-year contract extension worth $40 million.
WSOP final table is set
The nine-man final table for the World Series of Poker’s main event was set early Tuesday morning in Las Vegas — and the winner of the world’s biggest no-limit Texas Hold’em competition will make about $8.4 million.
J.C. Tran, 36, of Sacramento, Calif., held first place in the chip count.
The $10,000 buy-in competition, which began July 6 with 6,352 entrants, takes a break until Nov. 4. Each of the nine finalists is guaranteed at least $700,000.
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• Forward Wanaah Bail is expected to miss about four months as he recovers from June 28 knee surgery, although the freshman’s eligibility with UCLA for the upcoming basketball season is unknown.
• Basketball phenom Andrew Wiggins, a Canadian who played at a West Virginia prep school, and soccer player Morgan Andrews of Milford, N.H., were honored as national prep athletes of the year. The awards are sponsored by Gatorade.
USC-bound quarterback Max Browne of Skyline High School in Sammamish was a finalist.
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