Attorney: Florida QB Treon Harris not guilty of a crime, woman was “sexual aggressor”

Updated at 4:45 p.m.

Attorney Huntley Johnson, who is representing Florida Gators freshman quarterback Treon Harris while the player is being investigated for sexual battery, released a statement to the media Thursday in which he claims his client is “not guilty of a crime” and “did not mistreat this young lady in any way” on Sunday morning. obtained the release at noon.

Johnson further claims that the alleged victim was the “sexual aggressor” in not one but two separate sexual interactions Sunday morning, noting that text messages provided to police will prove that to be the case and a second “individual has given testimony to law enforcement that he had sexual relations with the alleged victim less than an hour before the alleged sexual conduct with our client took place.”

According to Johnson, the young woman, via text message, “initiated the conduct with Mr. Harris while he was still in the locker room in Knoxville” and continued conversation with him and the “other gentleman” once the team’s plane landed back in Gainesville, Florida.

Harris is currently serving an indefinite suspension from the Gators athletic program and an interim suspension from the University of Florida.

Among the claims made by Johnson in the three-page issued statement:

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Florida QB Treon Harris on school suspension, attorney says; incident report redacted

The University of Florida on Wednesday released a heavily redacted initial incident report on the sexual battery investigation involving freshman quarterback Treon Harris, who is also serving an “interim suspension” from the school, according to

How redacted?

The only information not hidden was the offense description (“sexual battery”); names of the reporting officer (Jessica Zarate), investigator (Justin Faroni) and case screening supervisor (Henry Spurlin); location of the incident (Springs Residential Complex); and the range of time between when the incident was reported, an officer arrived on the scene (seven minutes) and the initial statements were completed (four hours, 11 minutes).

The University Police Department, with an assist from the Gainesville Police Department, plans to interview Harris and complete a full analysis of forensic evidence before releasing the complete report, which will likely only have the victim’s name and other sensitive details redacted.

Harris is not only facing potential legal charges, he is simultaneously serving an “interim suspension” from the school and an indefinite suspension from the football program.

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Florida Gators considering indoor practice facility

The Florida Gators may build an indoor practice facility for the football team after all.

Despite athletic director Jeremy Foley stating repeatedly that an indoor practice facility was not a priority for the program, the Gators have submitted to the Florida Department of State a notice of bid/request for proposal requiring “design/build services” for “Project UAA-35, Indoor Football Practice Facility (Main Campus).”

University of Florida’s Athletics Association (UAA) is considering the possibilities of providing an indoor practice field for the football program on its current practice site located immediately north of McKethan (baseball) Stadium on the University of Florida campus. Also, a new storage building will be built at the NE corner of the football practice field to provide space for a satellite athletic training space, hydration station, toilet, and field maintenance equipment storage.

The total project budget is $11,900,000.00 including site improvements, underground utilities, fees, surveys & tests, total building comissioning, furnishings & equipment, and contingencies.

According to Florida spokesman Steve McClain, who sent a statement to The Gainesville Sun‘s Robbie Andreu, there are no plans currently on the horizon for the facility.

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FOUR BITS: Walker, Pouncey, SEC Network, Noah

1 » Five days after junior guard/forward DeVon Walker tore his ACL and four days after the news officially broke, Florida Gators head coach Billy Donovan has addressed losing a key role player for the entire 2014-15 season. “DeVon had two years under his belt. He was really finding out who he was as a player and looking good at workouts,’ Donovan said in a story on the school’s website. “I feel terrible for him because he had worked so hard to get himself to this point.” Florida also announced that Walker, who tore the ligament during an individual workout, is scheduled to go under the knife at some point later this summer.

2 » According to The Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero, the torn labrum suffered by Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey is likely to keep him out up to eight weeks of the regular season, three more than initially predicted. Though Pouncey was only projected to miss the Dolphins’ first four games (the team has a bye week in week five), he is now a candidate to be placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list to start the season. Players on that list cannot return to their team until after the sixth game of the season. Pouncey will be included on the PUP list during training camp and into the preseason, but Miami will have the opportunity to decide whether to keep him on it before the first week of the regular season.

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Florida Gators women win 2014 Capital One Cup

The Florida Gators women’s athletic program was officially announced Thursday as the winner of the 2014 Capital One Cup.

It is the first time in program history that the women have obtained the award, though Florida’s men’s program captured the first two honors in 2011 and 2012.

In the four-year history of the award, the Gators are the only athletic program to win both the men’s and women’s cups.

Awarded annually to each of the top men’s and women’s Division I college athletic programs in the country, the winner of the Capital One Cup is determined by a scoring system in which points are awarded sport-by-sport depending how respective teams finish in NCAA Championships and the final official coaches’ polls.

Florida (152 points) dominated its competition, winning the cup by an 42-point margin over UCLA (110) and finishing 63 points above the next team from the Southeastern Conference, Texas A&M (89).

The Gators led the way with championships and first-place finishes in gymnastics and softball. Florida also finished in the top 10 nationally in six other sports: indoor track & field (third), outdoor track & field (fourth), lacrosse (fourth), tennis (fifth), swimming (sixth) and soccer (10th).

UF’s men’s athletic program is currently ranked third overall but first among SEC teams with 86 points. Florida is 12.5 points behind the leader, Notre Dame (98.5), but 45 points ahead of the next SEC school, Auburn (41). The men’s standings will become final after the conclusion of the 2014 Colege World Series.

The women’s victory earns the University of Florida a total of $200,000 to go toward student-athlete graduate-level scholarships. The Gators will be presented with the Capital One Cup at the 2014 ESPY Awards on July 16 at 9 p.m.

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Former Gators FB Larry Dupree, 71, passes away

Former Florida Gators fullback Larry Dupree, one of the best players in program history and a member of the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame, passed away from a heart attack on Sunday at the age of 71.

The sixth player in Florida football history to be named an All-American, Dupree earned the honor as the lone team captain in 1964, the same year he became the third rusher in Southeastern Conference history to receive three career first-team All-SEC nods.

He was also revered by his teammates that same season as the recipient of the Fergie Ferguson Award, given by the Gators annually to honor a senior “who displays outstanding leadership, character and courage.”

According to The Gainesville Sun, Dupree never missed a game in his collegiate career.

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Patric Young – Path to the 2014 NBA Draft: Picking an agent, graduating, beginning training

Through the 2014 NBA Draft set for June 26 in New York, New York, Florida Gators center Patric Young will be keeping you up-to-date on his Path to the Draft with exclusive comprehensive blog entries here at

The 11th player in school history to end his career with more than 1,300 points and 800 rebounds, Young averaged a career-high 11.0 points per game as a senior and also contributed 6.2 boards per contest last season. He is second all-time at Florida in games played (149), fifth in blocks (159) and dunks (142), eighth in minutes played (1,644), and ninth in field goal percentage (.577) and games started (107).

Young in 2013-14 claimed SEC Defensive Player of the Year honors for the first time but was also named SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the third-straight season, becoming the first player in league history to accomplish that feat.

He checks in for the second time from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, his new temporary home, after Young spent the last week going through the process of choosing an agent and graduating from the University of Florida.

Hello again world! I am glad to once again be able to give all of my readers and fans insight on my path to the draft.

Quite a lot has happened since my first post last week, so I will try to fill you in on it as best I can.

After the season, the first thing I needed to do was hire a sports agency to represent me and put me in the best possible position to get drafted this summer. This was a long, tedious process, but I knew whoever I chose would be holding my future in their hands.

My family and a close friend of mine were all contacted by a wide variety of agencies, but we narrowed it down to four of the top agencies in the country. We set interviews up in Gainesville, and when that process was over, I chose to go with Jim Tanner of Tandem Sports. All of the agents that I interviewed were amazing, but Jim had that it factor that I think can help me get to where I want to be.

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Plane crashes on Flavet Field in Gainesville hours before Florida-Arkansas kickoff

A two-seat plane crashed onto Flavet Field on the University of Florida campus just hours before the No. 18/19 Florida Gators were scheduled to take on the Arkansas Razorbacks at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday.

The plane, which contained two pilots and was flying an advertising banner across the campus, crash landed on a popular tailgating spot but did not injure any pedestrians in the area, according to initial reports.

The school released a statement shortly after the crash occurred:

“A small plane attempted an emergency landing at an open area of Flavet Field and has crashed. The plane landed upside down on a vacant pickup truck. Both pilots were ejected and transported to a local hospital. No additional injuries to report at this time. Will release any further info[rmation] as it becomes available.”

According to WUFT, the plane is registered to Beach Banners, Inc., an aerial banner advertising company out of Jacksonville, FL.

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