Jim McElwain didn’t give many details regarding the suspensions of sophomore wide receiver Antonio Callaway and junior quarterback Treon Harris.
“They’re still doing some school work and that kind of stuff,” McElwain said Tuesday on the eve of Florida’s first spring practice. “But they haven’t been with us since January and they won’t be with us as we’re rolling, so you won’t see those guys out there at practice. Guys, that will be the last that we talk about that.”
But more details regarding Callaway’s situation surfaced Friday afternoon. Callaway was suspended on Jan. 27 for a violation of the Student Conduct Code for an incident that “supposedly” occurred in early December 2015, according to a press release issued by Gainesville attorney Huntley Johnson.
Johnson, who is Callaway’s attorney, wrote that his office conducted its own investigation of the allegation and found it to have “no merit.”
“There is no good reason why this investigation has not been closed,” Johnson wrote. “This allegation has no merit.”
The press release refers to Callaway being on an “interim suspension from the University of Florida pending resolution of the accusation.”
When reached by the Palm Beach Post, Johnson said he would have no further comment on Callaway’s situation. Johnson is not representing Harris.
McElwain revealed Tuesday that Callaway and Harris have not been with the team since January and will miss spring football. McElwain did not give a reason for their absence, and declined to say whether they were suspended or give a timeline for their return.
Callaway is coming off a stellar freshman season and is expected to be Florida’s primary weapon this season. He finished his freshman campaign with 35 catches for a team-high 678 yards and four touchdowns.
This is Harris’ third suspension as a Gator. He was suspended from team activities as a freshman amid accusations of sexual battery, but he was reinstated after the allegations were withdrawn, and served a one-game suspension for a violation of team rules last season. This marks Callaway’s first suspension as a Gator.