MIAMI (CBSMiami) – University of Florida Gator fans are still pumped about Saturday night’s big win over the Miami Hurricanes in Orlando but the end of the game was a little rough for the school’s band director who says he got roughed up leaving the stadium.
According to Orlando police Lt. Wanda Miglio, UF band director Jay Watkins was walking back with the Florida marching band to the buses outside Camping World Stadium when a female UM fan began pushing her way through the band.
Watkins attempted to stop her but was “grabbed around the neck from behind and thrown to the ground, striking the back of his head on the pavement,” according to the Orlando police report.
The report states witnesses told responding officers that “a UM fan had attacked him from behind,” however police did not have a specific suspect description.
Watkins also told police the unknown female, “tried to push her way through the marching band, battering several of the band members as she went,” according to the report.
None of the band members were hurt, however, one was treated at the scene for hyperventilation, “brought on by seeing her band director battered.”
Watkins suffered a bump on his head. He was treated by paramedics on the scene and released.
Police say Watkins declined to file charges, but did want a police report filed.
No students were hurt.
Watkins has been the director of the UF Gator Marching Band since 2006.
The Gators beat the Hurricanes 24-20.