Muschamp denies report on Auburn

Published: Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

Florida football coach Will Muschamp on Thursday denied an allegation in an online story that he gave an Auburn football player almost $400 in cash when he was the Tigers’ defensive coordinator in 2007.

“Totally deny it,” Muschamp told The Sun. “I don’t know where this is coming from.”

Where it’s coming from is a story on in which former AU safety Mike McNeil, who is facing an armed robbery charge, is quoted as saying Muschamp gave him an envelope with cash in Muschamp’s office following a 2007 practice.

“I had no clue what it was about because I’d never directly asked him for anything,” McNeil said in the lengthy story by Selena Roberts about alleged corruption, including academic fraud, at Auburn. “He slid about $400 over to me. He went into a drawer and gave me money and said, ‘Is this enough? Is this good?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, I’m good.’”

McNeil goes on trial Monday for felony armed robbery stemming from an incident in 2011.

Muschamp denied the payment Wednesday night through a UF spokesperson.

He did the same to The Sun on Thursday.

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