The Florida Gators on Friday officially ended the indefinite suspension of freshman quarterback Treon Harris, reinstating him to the football team but announcing he will not play in Saturday evening’s home game against the LSU Tigers.
“We have been notified that the University and legal process is complete,” head coach Will Muschamp began, in a statement released to the public.
“Treon has been reinstated to the team, but he will not play Saturday. This has been a learning experience for everyone involved. Treon has been honest with me throughout the process and is looking forward to rejoining his teammates.”
The female student who accused Harris of sexual battery on Monday withdrew her complaint early Friday, four days after the two allegedly engaged in sexual conduct.
Harris subsequently had his University of Florida suspension lifted, which led to the University Athletic Association allowing him to rejoin the football program immediately.
“The University of Florida has informed the University Athletic Association that the sexual battery complaint has been withdrawn, and the university is not proceeding with any action,” UF spokesperson Janine Sikes said in a statement released to OnlyGators.com late Friday afternoon.
An investigation against Harris for an alleged felony sexual battery charge began Monday at 12:49 a.m. when a call was made from Springs Residential Complex on campus.
About 12 hours later, Florida confirmed that Harris had been accused of the crime, noting that the UF Police Department and Gainesville Police Department were investigating the matter and in the process of collecting forensic evidence. Harris was immediately and indefinitely suspended from all team activities. He was later given an interim suspension from the school for a potential code of conduct violation.
Harris was neither arrested nor charged with a crime, but he immediately retained local attorney Huntley Johnson and began cooperating with the investigation. The UFPD and GDP spent hours collecting material from Harris’s dorm room, and Harris also turned over his cellular telephone to police.
The UFPD released a completely-redacted incident report on Wednesday.
Thursday, Johnson sent an aggressive and thorough press release to the media, claiming his client was “not guilty of a crime” and “did not mistreat this young lady in any way.” Furthermore, Johnson referred to the alleged victim as the “sexual aggressor” in not one but two separate sexual interactions that occurred Sunday morning.
Harris posted the following on Instagram on Friday afternoon.
— Landon Watnick (@LandonWatnick) October 10, 2014
Redshirt junior Jeff Driskel will start at quarterback for Florida on Saturday when it hosts the LSU Tigers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. The game will kick off at 7:30 p.m. and air live nationally on the SEC Network.