Muschamp bristles at criticism over reinstatements
Earlier this week, Will Muschamp announced that his three suspended players -- wide receiver Demarcus Robinson and defensive tackles Jay-nard Bostwick and Darious Cummings -- had been reinstated. While that would normally be no cause for controversy, the fact that the game for which they were suspended wasn’t played due to weather made the punitive measure essentially a non-suspension suspension as none of the trio will miss any playing time.
That, of course, caused deafening criticism to rain down on Muschamp and his football program, with critics taking shots at the coach’s discipline -- or lack thereof.
Wednesday was the first chance for Muschamp to be asked about the criticism. He was, during the SEC’s weekly coach’s teleconference -- and he was not very pleased with those who had the audacity to question his penal methods.
Muchamp fired up about ??s on suspensions being lifted: "It's not just about suspending players for games."— Mike Herndon (@TheMikeHerndon) September 3, 2014
"It's very frustrating for me as a coach, or any coach, for somebody to be critical and you don't have all the information." - Muschamp— OnlyGators.com: Florida Gators news (@onlygators) September 3, 2014
"I think our discipline speaks for itself. A lot more goes into that decision than people know," Muschamp on reinstating 3 suspended players— Edgar Thompson (@osgators) September 3, 2014
Muschamp says it's frustrating when he hears criticism about his discipline when people don't know what all goes into it. He was fiery— Edward Aschoff (@AschoffESPN) September 3, 2014
"Just because you make a couple of bad decisions does not make you a bad person. ... Demarcus is a great young man." - Muschamp— OnlyGators.com: Florida Gators news (@onlygators) September 3, 2014
While Muschamp criticized his critics for failing to have all of the information, he decided against adding any details that could perhaps cast his reinstatement in a different light. That, of course, is Muschamp’s right; it’s also proper for people on the outside to scratch their heads and raise their eyebrows at his methods.