Today is really slow, and I'm still popping Halls drops like Everlasting Gobstoppers. Bear with me.
The Gainesville Sun reports that Florida basketball lost two recruiting visits in the 2010-11 season after committing a self-reported NCAA violation.
UF reported the violation to the Southeastern Conference office April 23, 2010 after a prospective student athlete spoke to several former Florida basketball players on the phone. As a result, the SEC reduced the number of Florida’s official visits from 12 to 10 during 2010-11.
I'm going to guess someone put Bradley Beal on the phone with the Oh-Fours or something. Oops.
The loss of two visits probably didn't hurt much, and these sorts of violations — Florida self-reported two others, one involving impermissible contact during a non-contact period and another over advertising a basketball camp — aren't going to mark Billy Donovan's program as one infested with scofflaws. One of the benefits of Florida's well-heeled University Athletic Association is a top-flight compliance staff, and I trust they know how to keep Donovan et al. from doing too much.
The recaps of Will Muschamp's ESPN "car wash" continue to roll in: GatorZone's Scott Carter spent the day with Muschamp and has a behind-the-scenes account, including why Muschamp doesn't like spinach, while the Orlando Sentinel's Rachel George aggregated the links to his various ESPN appearances. To these ears, Muschamp still sounds like a good ol' boy driven to be the best football coach possible, and I don't doubt that personality will continue to serve him well with players, recruits, and the media.
My favorite detail from Carter's piece: Muschamp hopped a plane from Gainesville at 6:30 a.m. and was on camera at 10:20 in Bristol. I just searched on Orbitz, and the earliest the person who isn't flying private can get to Hartford from Gainesville, starting with a 6:40 a.m. flight, is 1:46 p.m. And that's with a stop in Charlotte. It pays to be the boss.
Also, in PR, a group of Florida coaches and players — Donovan, Urban Meyer, Patric Young, Scottie Wilbekin, Terry Jackson, and Marquand Manuel — visited Gainesville's St. Augustine's Catholic Church and Student Center to drop off Easter baskets on Thursday. It's always nice to see charity, but I'll cop to smirking at Wilbekin — whose father is coach and minister at The Rock School, a more evangelical Christian private school on the other side of Gainesville — helping out at St. Aug, one of the more liberal Catholic churches in town. (No one else cares? Got it.)
And that got me wondering where Muschamp's going to do his volunteering in town. Maybe Oak Hall, his alma mater? Anyone know Muschamp's religious background?