Multiple reports say Florida's band was attacked after Miami game, director slammed to ground
Florida and Miami don’t play every year in football, but the Gators and Hurricanes still consider each other rivals. It appears the bitterness of the rivalry boiled over in Orlando after UF’s 24-20 win over UM.
CollegeMarching.com is reporting that after the game the Florida band was in its “parade order marching to their buses after the game outside of (Camping World Stadium) when a group of Miami fans tried to push their way into the band block.” The Director of the Gator Band, Dr. Jay Watkins, reportedly saw the commotion and went over to de-escalate. Watkins was reportedly placed in a chokehold and slammed to the concrete, hitting his head. The report also states that a member of the band was allegedly punched in the face and had a bloody nose.
The Facebook post below from Florida State music professor and Director of Bands (including FSU’s Marching Chiefs), Patrick Dunnigan, also describes the incident: