GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida wide receiver Antonio Callaway was cleared in the sexual assault investigation Friday, but his playing status for the season opener is still to be determined.
When asked Monday if Callaway has been fully reinstated to team, Gators coach Jim McElwain said that will be decided by the school’s administration.
“That’s one of those deals that, obviously I can’t (comment),” McElwain said. “I’m part of the university and I kind of follow their lead.”
Callaway was suspended by the university in January for allegedly violating the student code of conduct. He missed spring football and was not allowed on campus until June.
In Callaway’s Aug. 5 hearing, he admitted to smoking marijuana on the night of the alleged assault. McElwain said Callaway has received counseling and will continue to be monitored.
McElwain hasn’t seen any further issues from Callaway, and acknowledged the problems Florida players have had in the past with marijuana.
“If there are some issues, find help. If it becomes habitual, then there are some consequences,” McElwain said. “Through the education piece, I’m here to help him. … You’re obviously aware of some of the cases here over the years that have missed some things because of those details.”
“If it becomes one of those deals through the counseling hasn’t worked and that kind of stuff, then there will be some harder consequences. And yet, those haven’t come up yet.”
McElwain said the situation has been a learning experience for Callaway, but he’ll have to show the team how much he’s grown from it.
“He has dealt with a lot,” McElwain said. “Obviously not being allowed on campus, not being part of the family, not being part what we can do to help, be supportive.
“There was a lot of time there, a lot of time to sit and think and really look deep down inside of you and say, ‘What am I learning from?’ So, what I have I seen? I think time will tell.”
Zach Abolverdi is the Florida beat writer for SEC Country and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.