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Percy Harvin Fight Never Happened, Says Billy Gonzales

Illinois co-offensive coordinator Billy Gonzales has released a statement denying he got into a physical altercation with former wide receiver Percy Harvin.

GAINESVILLE FL - NOVEMBER 13:  Florida Gators head coach Urban Meyer  during a game against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on November 13 2010 in Gainesville Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
GAINESVILLE FL - NOVEMBER 13: Florida Gators head coach Urban Meyer during a game against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on November 13 2010 in Gainesville Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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The college football to-do of Monday was the Sporting News' report on the dying days of Urban Meyer's Florida Gators program, which included a sourced account of Percy Harvin getting into quite a bout with wide receivers coach Billy Gonzales. Now the Illinois Fighting Illini co-offensive coordinator, Gonzales says the whole thing never happened:

Harvin's role in the story is that of Meyer's ultimate coddled superstar. The original Matt Hayes piece did include a downplaying by Gonzales, but apparently the coach felt like shooting down the whole thing altogether. From the SN story:

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."

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