Florida AD takes role in potential discipline for Callaway

Florida receiver Antonio Callaway is facing disciplinary action. DESTIN — Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin offered a telling response when asked about standout receiver Antonio Callaway at the Southeastern Conference’s annual meetings Friday.

Asked how involved he is in Callaway’s situation, Stricklin responded: “Which one?”

Callaway is facing two misdemeanor drug charges stemming from a traffic stop in Gainesville last month. The junior from Miami was charged with marijuana possession (less than 20 grams) and drug equipment possession. He also was the subject of a Title IX investigation last year. He was eventually ruled “not responsible” of sexual battery against a female student.

Callaway has a Tuesday court date to address the drug charges.

Stricklin said he and coach Jim McElwain have discussed discipline for Callaway.

“Candidly, to this point we’ve had an issue come up and he’s said, ’Hey, this is what I’m going to do and he’s handled it well,’” Stricklin said. “He has not shied away from having to use discipline in the past. He’s sat key guys in the past.”

McElwain previously suspended star cornerback Jalen Tabor twice as well as backup quarterback Treon Harris.

“The thing you have to respect about Coach Mac is he has never shied away from discipline as a teachable moment,” Stricklin said. “You heard from him the other day that he’s staying on top of that and it’s obviously a concern. To answer your question, I’ve had conversation with Coach Mac and we’ll probably have further conversations about it.”

Stricklin declined to say whether Callaway should or would be suspended for Florida’s season opener against Michigan on Sept. 2 in Arlington, Texas.
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