SEC Media Days: Florida’s Will Muschamp says coaches ‘100 percent responsible’ for their players

HOOVER, Alabama — Florida coach Will Muschamp said coaches are “100 percent  responsible” for the off-field behavior of their players, even though he acknowledged it’s impossible to monitor every moment of their lives.

The arrest of Aaron Hernandez, a former Florida football player, has been the unspoken element of every question about “off-the-field behavior” during SEC Media Days on Tuesday.

“I can’t possibly know everything that happens every single night with our football team. You also can’t stick your head in the sand and pretend everything is OK, either,” Muschamp said. “You need to be very aware of the kind of guys your guys are hanging out with. I encourage our assistants, our life skills coordinator, Terry Jackson, to be with our guys, help them grow and mature.”

Other tidbits from Muschamp:

* On South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney: “I’d like to see him (declare for the NFL draft) before our game.”

* Muschamp said he supported quarterback Jeff Driskel’s decision to sign a pro baseball contract, and that Driskel remained fully committed to football.

* Meyer had a nice swipe at Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, who may or may not have turned in the Gators for a minor rules violation.

* On improvement in 2012: “We made some strides in our second season. As you look back from year to Year 2, the record was better, which was good, but more than anything to me the roster and locker room is better.”
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