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SEC media days: Don't expect Antonio Callaway answer today

MONICA HERNDON | Times

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July

When Florida Gators coach Jim McElwain addresses reporters in Hoover, Ala. today during SEC media days, you can bet he'll be asked about the status of star receiver Antonio Callaway.

And you can bet that McElwain won't say much of substance regarding any possible marijuana-related suspension. 

McElwain didn't in May, before a speaking event in Clearwater. He didn't in June, either, during the SEC's spring meetings in Destin. Neither did athletic director Scott Stricklin.
And so it will likely go today (but you should still follow our Tom Jones for updates!).

McElwain is typically vague about disciplinary suspensions. He'll say that a player made a choice. He'll say that players have freedom of choice but not freedom of consequence. Then he'll add an "And yet..." and say something about the player's future.

McElwain can spin the Callaway situation either way. UF's marijuana policy only calls for a suspension for two failed drug tests. That doesn't apply to Callaway (as far as we know). But Callaway has had two public marijuana incidents, which violates the spirit (if not the letter) of the rule.

McElwain doesn't need to address Callaway's status for this season's Sept. 2 opener against Michigan now. The situation is still in the legal system, with another court date set for Monday. And by prolonging the decision, McElwain forces Jim Harbaugh and his staff to prepare for a UF team with and without its most explosive offensive player.

UF had a similar situation last year when freshmen receivers Tyrie Cleveland and Rick Wells both faced legal trouble for a BB gun incident. McElwain didn't address their status until the Monday before the opener. Here's what he said then: We have a couple freshmen that won't be going and a senior that made some choices. Yet those guys will join us when the time's ready.

We don't yet know what that means for Callaway yet. But don't expect to find out today.

[Last modified: Monday, July 10, 2017 11:43am]

    

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