Prior to Florida's 24-6 victory over Toledo on Saturday, the Gators suspended four players for the season opener due to an undisclosed violation of team rules. Several local media outlets reported that freshman defensive lineman Jay-nard Bostwick was among the players the Gators suspended for the game. The only problem with this information is the fact that it wasn't true.
Bostwick was not one of the players disciplined, but Loucheiz Purifoy, Darious Cummings, Latroy Pittman, and Quinteze Williams were reprimanded, instead. After the game, head coach Will Muschamp emphatically ripped into the local media for the inaccurate reporting of the news.
"I am going to address something. You know, we had four players that were suspended for today. And we had one player that, you know, very inaccurate information in The Gainesville Sun, the Palm Beach Post and GatorCountry. That was very irresponsible journalism, OK?
"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 got a problem. So I can be accused of a lot of things of being overprotective of our players for accurate information. ...I am really pissed off, and it's wrong."
So, there you have it.
Via USA TODAY