South Carolina coach Muschamp calls official 'gutless'
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South Carolina coach Will Muschamp had plenty to say about the officiating late in the Gamecocks' loss to the No. 9 Florida Gators during the game on Saturday, but he summed up his thoughts about one of the officials in particular with one word after the game: "gutless."
The loss dropped Muschamp's team to 3-4 overall and 2-3 in the SEC, and he appeared particularly incensed when Florida scored touchdowns on two plays, one in the third quarter and the other in the fourth, where the Gamecocks wanted false start and offensive pass interference called, respectively.
With about four minutes to go in the game, Muschamp's sideline protestations drew a penalty flag for unsportsmanlike conduct, though he sounded the most upset about where the flag was thrown, not why.
"The (official) ran 40 yards away and dropped the flag. I have no idea. I'd rather him drop it on my feet. ... Drop it on my feet next time," Muschamp told the media after the game.
During his news conference, he didn't talk about the officiating, only about that penalty flag.
"I'm not going to comment about anything else. Don't go 40 yards away and drop a flag. How about that?" Muschamp asked. He then muttered "gutless" under his breath.