Jim McElwain refuses to address status of Florida Gators WR Antonio Callaway, QB Treon Harris

By Adam Silverstein
March 8, 2016

It has been a poorly kept secret since the conclusion of the season that junior quarterback Treon Harris and sophomore wide receiver Antonio Callaway have been away from the Florida Gators football program while dealing with an undisclosed ongoing situation.

Florida head coach Jim McElwain chose to address the status of both players near the start of his press conference ahead of spring football practice, but he did very little in the way of providing any information, not just about why the players are away from the team (understandable) but also what their specific status is with the Gators and whether they will be able to play football again.


“We’re without a couple of guys who haven’t been with our team since January in Treon and Antonio,” he began. “They’re still doing some schoolwork and that kind of stuff, 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’ll be the last we talk about that.”

Though McElwain tried to end the conversation there, the media in attendance followed up by asking for more information, just as they should when being completely stonewalled by a coach. McElwain would not relent.

“They just haven’t been with the team, and that’ll be the last we talk about it. That’ll be the last we talk about it,” he said.

Asked again later in the presser, McElwain waved his hand at the question a fourth time and then actually asked reporters, “Did I give you clarity?”

Those in attendance did not answer, so we will: Nope.

Update: According to the Associated Press, Callaway and Harris are indeed considered “suspended” from the program.

Callaway broke out in a major way for the Gators last season, leading with 678 receiving yards and four touchdowns while also serving as a tremendous asset on special teams at punt returner. Harris took over for suspended QB Will Grier but failed to impress and will enter the 2016 season – as long as he’s with the team barring the outcome of this incident or a potential transfer – likely working at wideout or as a backup at quarterback.

7 Comments

  1. Ronnie says:

    I don’t blame him, when he has said he will not comment anymore he should be respected by the media and that be the end of it. There is probably not a lot more he can say about why they are not there.

  2. jimmyjohns says:

    Shouldn’t the title read …”WRs Antonio Callaway and Treon Harris” 🙂

  3. 1974Gator says:

    Adam, what do you think is the reason? Your speculation would be a lot closer than anything I can come up with.

  4. tomgellsing says:

    When has McElwain EVER been forthcoming, or honest, in talking about anything with the media? Hell, he doesn’t even know which leg in injured, or if it’s even a leg, when talking about an injury? He led everyone to believe that half the team would not be able to suit up for FSU last year, which was utter nonsense. Why even bother to ask him ANY question? Seriously, has he ever gave an honest answer during his time in Gainesville? He’s able to get away with it now, but his F.U attitude towards any question will get old very quick when UF doesn’t win. For instance, if UF’s offense again sucks this year, the acceptance of his B.S. will become very dicey.

    • GoGators11 says:

      Can you really blame him?
      With how media twits every little word you say to make a story out of a non-story, the coaches have decided to just not tell them anything Substantial to the team.

      The media has gotten arrogant as well, what does MAC really own the media? think about it, what does he own them, why does he have to be nice to them? They will burn him at any chance they have so he has to be cautious

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