Florida head coach Will Muschamp broke his silence over the recent charge of sexual assault for QB Treon Harris.
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Florida Gators head coach Will Muschamp spoke for the first time on the sexual assault charge for now-banned freshman QB Treon Harris.
”You handle things in life and you move forward,” Muschamp said Wednesday. ”That’s what we’re going to do.”
The comments were Muschamps first since it was announced Monday that Harris had been suspended indefinitely while authorities investigate sexual assault allegations made against him.
”It’s a very serious charge and there’s been no change in his status,” Muschamp said. ”I feel very comfortable in how we’ve approached this situation.”
The program banned Harris from all team activities during the investigation. The school said a female student accused Harris of sexually assaulting her around 3 a.m. Sunday – hours after he helped Florida (3-1, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) rally to beat Tennessee 10-9 in Knoxville.
The University Police Department said the police report won’t be released Wednesday as authorities want to speak with Harris again.
He said he felt having a news conference was ”a little insensitive” considering the circumstances, but he expressed a need to ”move forward and manage your football team.”
He later added that it’s always tough seeing his players deal with adversity.
”It always hurts anytime a young man goes through a tough situation,” Muschamp said. ”I’m not referring to that situation individually, but anytime you see our players hurt, you see a young man hurt, you spend a lot of time with him, it’s hard, it’s very hard. You get emotionally attached in all situations, absolutely.”
Harris might have been named the starter Monday, although Muschamp said Wednesday that struggling fourth-year junior Jeff Driskel would have played against the LSU Tigers (4-2, 0-2). Now, Driskel will start and highly touted freshman Will Grier will compete with Skyler Mornhinwegfor the backup role.