Cornerback Janoris Jenkins, recently set adrift from the Florida Gators, is reportedly seeking an agent and intending to enter this year's supplemental NFL draft, if he can. He took time out from his busy schedule of flack-hunting to speak with the Orlando Sentinel, and lo! It seems Will Muschamp's carefully worded declaration that Janoris Jenkins would "move ahead to the next stage of his career" may have contained some elaborate shading devices designed to paint Jenkins in a better light, and Jenkins doesn't particularly care for that!
"The only thing he said was I was dismissed as soon as I walked in the room," Jenkins said. "He washed his hands of me."
Leaving aside the fact that Muschamp had every reason to kick Jenkins to the curb and likely would have gotten off to a worse start in the press had he kept him on, doesn't it seem weird that the paper's bird-dogging this so diligently? Our own Alligator Army thinks so, too:
On a more meta level: It's also amusing to see George and the Sentinel doggedly detail how Florida and Muschamp aren't owning Jenkins' dismissal by calling it as much. The substantive difference between Jenkins and Muschamp reaching a mutual decision that he should leave and Muschamp dismissing Jenkins is about whether Jenkins wanted to stay, not whether Muschamp would permit it, no? This is a skirmish over semantics, and not particularly consequential ones.