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Report: Urban Meyer Turned In Florida For Alleged Recruiting Violation

Urban MeyerDid Ohio State coach Urban Meyer go to the NCAA with an alleged recruiting violation at his former school?  That’s the story according to a report at 

Meyer reportedly turned in Florida assistant coach Brian White for an alleged bump violation while recruiting highly regarded prospect Curtis Samuel from New York.

While no wrongdoing was reportedly found, Samuel subsequently released his top five list of colleges under consideration.  They included Ohio State but not Florida. Alabama was the only SEC school to make the final cut. It’s unclear what role, if any,  the reported bump violation had to do with Samuel’s decision.

Update: Meyer denies the report that he was involved but Ohio State was:  “It is absolutely not true that I turned in the University of Florida. 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.”

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Despite So-So Offense In 2012, Gators Give Raises To Offensive Coaches

handing over cashIn every fanbase there are grumblers.  Those folks who are never happy, who always know better than the administration.  One can only imagine what the grumblers in the Florida fanbase are saying this morning.

UF announced yesterday that the contracts of four coaches on the offensive side of the ball have been extended and that three of those assistants have also been given raises:


Offensive coordinator Brent Pease: one-year extension, $100,000 raise (to $590,000)

Offensive line coach Tim Davis: one-year extension, $25,000 raise (to $300,000)

Tight ends coach Derek Lewis: one-year extension, $24,000 raise (to $215,000)

Running backs coach Brian White: one-year extension, no raise


So what’s the problem?

The Gators finished 10th in the SEC in scoring offense, 14th in passing offense, and 12th in total offense.  They did rank third in the league in rushing offense, but the team was very much carried by its defense last season.

So while handing out raises is nothing new — and most of these raises are tame when compared to other college deals — those grumblers in the Sunshine State will likely be grumbling that an offensive staff that underwhelmed last year is being rewarded for its efforts.

It was also announced that new outside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator Jeff Choate will make $290,000 per year.

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Receiver Robinson Flips From Clemson To Florida

Florida received a commitment from former Clemson wide receiver pledge Demarcus Robinson on Wednesday.

“I have a chance to play as a freshman and I want to play in the SEC, so I’m a Gator now,” Robinson told The Gainesville Sun.

Robinson, who attends Peach County High School in Fort Valley, Ga., had been committed to Clemson since July. But things changed when he received a visit Tuesday from Florida coach Will Muschamp, running backs coach Brian White and newly-hired wide receivers coach Joker Phillips.

“They’ve recruited me harder than anyone else,” Robinson said of Florida. “I was impressed with the season they had and I can tell they really need me next year.”

Robinson is Florida’s 25th commitments for the class of 2013.

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Muschamp Needs To Take A Good Look At White For OC Job

Charlie Weis may be gone to Kansas, but Will Muschamp says his offense — or something very close to it — will remain at Florida.

“We’re not going to come in here and change what we’re doing,” Muschamp told The Gainesville Sun.  “I don’t think that it’s smart to hire a guy and have 40 guys learn as opposed to one guy learning.  Obviously, will he tweak some things?  Certainly.  Will he change some things?  Maybe.”

“We’re not going to just take a playbook, throw it out the window and bring another one in.  We’ve got a young football team and I think continuity is the most important thing at this point with our football team.  That’s really the parameters I’m looking for right now.”

Weis’ offense — if it’s the same one he used in the NFL and it likely is — uses terminology that many other offenses do not.  Most college playbooks include everything under the sun at this point — spread passing plays, option running plays, Wildcat packages, etc — but it’s the verbiage involved in calling those plays that makes each offense a bit different.  And Weis’ is believed to be more unique than most.

With that in mind — and knowing that the clock is already ticking on him in Gainesville — Muschamp sounds like he’s about to make a very wise decision.  Better to teach the next offensive coordinator a new vocabulary than all the players on the offensive roster.

Further, the coach says current UF assistant and former Wisconsin offensive coordinator Brian White is a candidate to fill Weis’ shoes.  White’s handling of the Gators’ bowl work will serve as part of his evaluation, according to Muschamp.  Obviously, going with a man on the current staff would ease the transition a bit more for the Gator players.

But Muschamp said once again yesterday that he plans on talking to multiple candidates and will not make a hire until after the Gator Bowl against Ohio State.

For stability’s sake — and that’s something the coach desperately needs in Year Two — we believe Muschamp should take a long, hard, fair look at White.  Fans might not be wowed by his hiring in the short term, but if White can do the job, that’s all that will matter in the long run.

Remember, Weis was a splashy, fan-pleasing, outside hire last offseason… but Gator fans sure aren’t cutting Muschamp any slack right now because he “won the press conference” with that move.

If White can do the job, the fact that he knows the players and Weis’ offense (and its terminology) should give him a leg up on the competition.

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Florida Makes More Football Staff Moves

While much of the sporting world was focused on fax machines yesterday, Will Muschamp was busy tinkering with his Florida coaching staff.

First, he named Derek Lewis as the Gators’ tight end coach.  Lewis joins the Gators from Minnesota.  He coached running backs previously in his career at both UNLV and Wisconsin (where he mentored Ron Dayne). 

It’s interesting then that Lewis fills the slot opened up by running backs coach Stan Drayton’s departure… but he won’t take over the running backs.  Instead, Brian White will be moved into that role.  White coached tight ends and fullbacks under Urban Meyer and was one of three coaches (including Drayton) retained by Muschamp.

New receivers coach Aubrey Hill will take over Drayton’s recruiting coordinator duties. 

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