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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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