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Ex-Gator Assistant Says Harvin Never Attacked Him

On Monday, Urban Meyer was eviscerated by Matt Hayes of The Sporting News.  The magazine’s investigation into Meyer’s Florida program claimed that the coach had lost complete control of the team before his resignation.  There was drug use.  There was favoritism.

So said The Sporting News, at least:


“At one point during the 2008 season, multiple sources confirmed that Harvin, now a prominent member of the Minnesota Vikings, physically attacked wide receivers coach Billy Gonzales, grabbing him by the neck and throwing him to the ground.  Harvin had to be pulled off Gonzales by two assistant coaches — but was never disciplined.

When asked about the Harvin incident, Gonzales — now offensive coordinator at Illinois — said, ‘I think it’s a little overblown.  I mean, every great player wants his voice to be heard.’

Said Meyer: ‘Something did happen and something was handled.  I don’t think it’s fair to Percy Harvin or Billy Gonzales to talk about it.’”


As we told you yesterday, Meyer danced around The Sporting News article when asked about it.  But Gonzales is now coming out with a complete denial that the Harvin incident ever took place:


“In response to a recent story alleging an incident between Percy Harvin and me and while at Florida, the story is inaccurate.  It didn’t happen.”


So Gonzales has apparently gone from “it’s a little overblown” to “it didn’t happen.”  All after Meyer said “something did happen.”

Sounds like Gonzales doesn’t want what happened four years ago to impact his job or his recruiting at Illinois.  Can’t blame him.  Who’d want to be asked by a prospect’s parent: “If my son disagrees with you, can he grab you by the neck and throw you to the ground?”

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LSU Set To Hire Raiders’ Henry

Les Miles said earlier this month that he planned to go to the NFL to find a replacement for departed receivers coach Billy Gonzales.  Seems that’s exactly what he’s done.  Multiple sources “close to the football program” claim that Oakland Raiders tight end coach Adam Henry will be joining the Tigers staff by the end of the week.

LSU sports information director Michael Bonnette said the school is finishing up details on a contract.

Henry has spent the past five years in the Raiders organization, the last three working with the team’s tight ends.  Prior to Oakland, he served as an assistant at McNeese State in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Gonzales left LSU to become the offensive coordinator at Illinois.

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Gonzales Leaves LSU For Illinois

Wide receivers coach Billy Gonzales has left LSU to become the offensive coordinator at Illinois.

LSU head coach Les Miles confirmed Gonzales’ departure on Wednesday but only acknowledged he’s leaving for “a school in the Big Ten.” Adam Rittenberg of ESPN.com reported Illinois was expected to introduce Gonzales soon.

“This is a great promotoion for Billy,” Miles said. “Billy will do a great job as an offensive coordinator. This is a tremendous opportunity for him and his family. We wish Billy, his wife Julie and their two children nothing but the best.”

Miles will now look for the best possible replacement for Gonzales.

“I’m not going to be in a hurry (to fill this position),” Miles said. “We are going to hire a great coach with an outstanding background.”

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