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Florida Band Director Reportedly Attacked Following The Miami Game

An outside shot of Camping World Stadium in Orlando.

ORLANDO, FL - SEPTEMBER 01: General view of the stadium prior to the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and Louisville Cardinals at Camping World Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

The Florida-Miami rivalry runs deep, so deep in fact led to a school's band director being attacked?

That is the word following Saturday night's season opener at Camping World Stadium in Orlando. According to, a group of Miami fans reportedly tried to push their way through Florida band members outside the stadium after the game,

Florida band director Dr. Jay Watkins tried to intervene, and was then allegedly attacked.

The Miami fans then attacked Dr. Watkins placing him in a choke hold and slamming his head to the concrete. A member of the band reportedly was punched in the face and had a bloody nose.

Dr. Watkins saved multiple members from worse injuries by stepping in to stop these fans and in turn put himself in harms way.

Patrick Dunnigan, a Florida State music professor and Director of Bands, authored a Facebook post with other reported details of the incident.

"Jay tells me he is very sore today and has a nasty bump on his head, but THIS SHOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED," Dunnigan wrote.

If these details are true, they are pretty scary.

Fans fighting fans is always stupid, but attacking band members from a rival school is even more outrageous and uncalled for.