FOUR BITS: Story, Harvin, Howard, McGarity

By Adam Silverstein
August 16, 2010

1 » Three-star wide receiver recruit Ja’Juan Story (Brooksville, FL) committed to the Florida Gators on June 28, but his actions more than a month later may – or may not – have an impact on that decision. According to the Hernando County Sherrif’s Office, Story was arrested late Sunday night on charges of battery after attempting to break up a fight between four women (one of whom was the mother of his brother’s child). “When I turned around, her and a woman and her two daughters was about to fight,” Story told The Gainesville Sun’s Edward Aschoff. “So I came over because there was knives and I took a box cuter from my brother’s [girlfriend], but one of the other girls had two knives. I tried to tell her to leave but she wasn’t listening.” Contrary to what a spectator told police, Story said he did not hit anyone but simply pushed the parties apart. “I was just trying to break everything up since no one else was,” he added. “I didn’t do anything wrong. The only thing I did wrong was be there.”

2 » As reported by Len Pasquarelli on Sunday, former Gators wide receiver Percy Harvin rejoined the Minnesota Vikings on Monday after having missed training camp since July 31. In the interim, his grandmother passed away, his migraine headaches once again became a nuisance and some believe he also lost a close personal friend. Regardless, Harvin is now back on the field after answering a “five-day letter.”

Two more BITS on Jaye Howard and Greg McGarity…after the break!

3 » The Sun’s Robbie Andreu has tabbed redshirt junior defensive tackle Jaye Howard as the “new freak at Florida,” noting that he has been dominant during fall practice even with his added size. “With the competition, if you miss one practice, your job is up for grabs. You have to keep pushing through,” he told the paper. “I’m the heaviest I’ve ever been, but I’m able to run with it. I’m comfortable with it.”

4 » Even though the Georgia Bulldogs – at least recently – had been mentioning that they would like to play the annual World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party as a home-and-home series instead of in Jacksonville, FL, new athletic director Greg McGarity believes the historical location is perfect for the game. “When I worked here at Georgia early, [going to Jacksonville] was the greatest trip of all. I think the fans and players, everybody loved it. It was so good to get down to Florida,” he said. “The Georgia fans would get down to Sea Island and all those areas around the coast there. I wasn’t too concerned about Florida at that time because it was an hour and a half drive over, 75 miles. It’s just a drop in and drop out.”


  1. Gatorbuc15 says:

    Although Story’s story(no pun intended) sound a little fishy, I’m willing to go out on a limb and believe him. And, I believe that unless some very damning evidence comes out that makes him comepletely guilty, I believe that UF should believe him as well.

  2. Daniel M. says:

    Story grabbed a box cutter? Curious to see how Urban will handle the discipline of a kid who’s not even on campus yet. I won’t be surprised if he doesn’t see campus.

  3. Gatorken says:

    Story grabbed a box cutter from his brother’s girlfriend who was about to fight the girls with knives. Read the statement given. Its not that Story grabbed a box cutter to arm himself. I believe Mr, Story on this. Working in the Juvenile Justice system (different location so I have no personal knowledge of this situation) I have seen situations like this on a regular basis.

  4. O-town Gator says:

    I only hope that Story’s account is true; if not he can forget about coming to Gainesville. What he should have done right away was just call the cops and let them settle things instead of getting involved.

  5. Mr2Bits says:

    Dan : He didn’t pick up the cutter and hit the ring. He took it away from his girlfriend.

  6. O-town Gator says:

    Based on what I read on another site not that long ago, I seem to get the impression that Story was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and if this holds it shouldn’t affect his commitment, but if he does come to UF I just hope he stays out of trouble.

  7. Drew 4 Orange & Blue says:

    Either way more fodder for the haters

  8. Gatorken says:

    call the cops and let the girls cut each other up? I think he did the right thing. Girls are just nasty when they fight. Someone would have gotten hurt.

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