GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Discipline is an ongoing theme of Jim McElwain’s tenure at Florida.
He suspended 14 players, dismissed three from the team and took a harder stance on marijuana possession citations than his predecessor. Under former Florida coach Will Muschamp, six players were cited from 2011-14; none was suspended for those charges.
McElwain, however, handed out one-game suspensions to running backs Jordan Scarlett and Mark Thompson for marijuana citations. Now McElwain is faced with possible disciple for wide receiver Antonio Callaway, who was cited for marijuana possession on May 13.
McElwain expressed disappointment in Callaway, but he wouldn’t say if Callaway’s punishment could jeopardize his status for Florida’s season opener against Michigan.
SEC Country compiled a timeline of the arrests and suspensions under McElwain’s watch. The NCAA suspension of Will Grier and university suspensions of Callaway and Treon Harris were not included.
Here’s a look at the discipline history of McElwain at Florida:
- Jan. 6, 2015: Defensive lineman Gerald Willis III was dismissed from the team after an altercation with Gators running back Kelvin Taylor. Willis now plays for Miami (Fla.).
- April 9, 2015: Receiver Chris Thompson was excused from the team after being arrested and charged with simple battery and dating violence. The charges were dropped the following week.
- April 18, 2015: Cornerback J.C. Jackson was arrested for armed robbery and subsequently dismissed from the team. Jackson was found not guilty in November 2015 and now plays for Maryland.
- July 6, 2015: Defensive tackle Caleb Brantley and running back Adam Lane were charged with second-degree misdemeanors for not paying their tab at Splitz Bowling Alley. Both players were disciplined internally and signed deferred prosecution agreements.
- July 25, 2015: Receiver Alvin Bailey was arrested for failing to appear in traffic court. He was disciplined internally.
- Aug. 21, 2015: Safety Marcus Maye, defensive end Alex McCalister and receiver Latroy Pittman were suspended for the season opener because of an undisclosed violation of team rules.
- Sept. 23, 2015: Quarterback Treon Harris and cornerback Jalen Tabor were suspended for the Tennessee game. ESPN reported that Harris failed a drug test and Tabor refused to take one.
- Oct. 14, 2015: Cornerback Deiondre Porter was arrested and charged with four felonies and a misdemeanor for aggravated assault. He was suspended indefinitely and later dismissed from the program. On March 23, 2017, Porter was sentenced to six years in prison for armed robbery. His aggravated assault case remains open.
- Nov. 28, 2015: Receiver Demarcus Robinson was suspended for the Florida State game for breaking curfew.
- Dec. 27, 2015: Running back Jordan Scarlett was suspended for the Citrus Bowl after being cited for marijuana possession.
- July 18, 2016: Receivers Tyrie Cleveland and Rick Wells were arrested and charged with criminal mischief for shooting BB guns in their dorm building. McElwain suspended both players for the season opener. Cleveland received six months’ probation and Wells signed a deferred prosecution agreement.
- Aug. 17, 2016: McElwain gave one-game suspensions to cornerback Jalen Tabor and tight end C’yontai Lewis for fighting in practice.
- Aug. 29, 2016: Receiver Chris Thompson joined the list of suspended players for the season opener because of an undisclosed violation of team rules.
- Oct. 28, 2016: Running back Mark Thompson was suspended for the Georgia game after being cited for marijuana possession.