Ohio State, Florida Rivalry Growing with Will Muschamp's Latest Comments

David Regimbal@davidreg412Featured ColumnistJuly 16, 2013

JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 29:  Head coach Will Muschamp of the Florida Gators points during the game against the Georgia Bulldogs  at EverBank Field on October 29, 2011 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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It appears that Florida head coach Will Muschamp isn't too happy with the folks at Ohio State.

Speaking at the SEC Media Days in Hoover, Ala., Tuesday afternoon, Muschamp responded to the issue involving Ohio State reporting Florida for recruiting violations with this zinger, according to Andy Staples:

Muschamp: “We appreciate our friends from Ohio making sure we follow NCAA rules. They certainly know something about NCAA rules.”

— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) July 16, 2013

This all started with the recent story from Clay Travis of FOXSports.com that Urban Meyer reported Florida assistant coach Brian White for a "bump" violation involving 5-star prospect Curtis Samuel.

Meyer responded to Travis' report in a text message to The Gainesville Sun, saying, “It is absolutely not true that I turned in the University of Florida.” He added that it was actually a member of Ohio State's compliance team and that there was no involvement from the Buckeyes' coaching staff.

Brett McMurphy of ESPN contradicted Meyer's claim, citing a source with knowledge of the situation who said Meyer was aware of the potential violation and approved of it being reported.

As it turns out, this wasn't the first time Ohio State accused Florida of recruiting violations. According to USA Today, Ohio State turned in Florida for a potential violation involving 2013 prospect Jordan Sherit. The 4-star defensive end held offers from both the Buckeyes and the Gators.

The accusations Ohio State brought to the NCAA were unfounded in both cases. 

Muschamp's shot at Ohio State was fitting because the Buckeyes were sanctioned heavily by the NCAA for violations committed in the final stages of the Jim Tressel era.

After it was revealed in the summer of 2011 that Tressel knowingly used players who broke NCAA rules, Ohio State was hammered with a postseason ban, scholarship reductions and probation until December of 2014.

An unexpected rivalry has developed between Florida and Ohio State. Its origin can be traced back to the 2007 BCS championship game, when a Meyer-led Gators team thumped the heavily favored Buckeyes to claim the national title.

The hatred between the fanbases reached a fever pitch when Meyer became the head coach at Ohio State just one year after leaving Florida. 

If Muschamp's comments are any indication, maybe that hatred is starting to spread toward the coaching staffs.

Could the stars align for another postseason matchup between Florida and Ohio State? How much fun would that be?


All recruit rankings per 247Sports.com.

David Regimbal is the lead Ohio State football writer for Bleacher Report.
Follow him on Twitter @davidreg412


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