Antonya English, Times Staff Writer
Monday, October 6, 2014 12:20pm
Florida freshman QB Treon Harris has been suspended indefinitely from the team while he is being investigated by the University Police Department due to an allegation of sexual battery involving a UF female student.
The alleged incident occurred early Sunday morning in the Springs Residence Hall on the UF campus.
No charges have been filed, and it is currently a pending investigation. UPD is the lead investigator and has asked the Gainesville Police Department to assist with the collection of analysis and forensic evidence, Florida officials said.
"We have no tolerance for sexual assault on our campus," UF president Bernie Machen said in a statement. "The university is committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment for every member of the UF community. We must strive to protect all of our students from sexual harassment and assault, and do everything in our power to promote a safe learning environment."
Harris is being represented by Gainesville defense attorney Huntley Johnson.
"There has been no arrest and I'm hopeful that when the investigation is completed, there will be no arrest," Johnson said Monday afternoon. "Hopeful is the key word. And we are cooperating with the investigation."
Asked if he would be surprised if Harris is arrested, Johnson said "yes."
The suspension comes after Harris stole the spotlight Saturday when he entered the game late in the third quarter in relief of starter Jeff Driskel and engineered a fourth quarter, come-from-behind 10-9 victory over Tennessee in Knoxville.
The Gators will host LSU on Saturday and it was widely expected that Harris might get the start in that game.
Florida coach Will Muschamp cancelled his weekly press conference unexpectedly Monday morning and has not made a statment on Harris' suspension.
In a statement, the university also said: "As this process unfolds and is resolved, UF is committed to addressing this serious matter with integrity, fairness and compassion."
Harris led Miami Booker T. Washington to two state titles, and a state runner-up in 2011. He was selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl coached by his father, Tim Harris. He threw for more than 4,700 yards combined in his junior and senior year, and ran for more than 1,300 yards.