GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) – Suspended Florida receiver Antonio Callaway seems to be moving closer to a full return.
Callaway’s attorney said Tuesday that his client has been granted permission to return to campus. Attorney Huntley Johnson said Callaway’s “interim suspension has been modified so that he can attend class on campus at the University of Florida.” Johnson added that Callaway also has been cleared to use university facilities.
“We are working through the process that the university has in place to reach a final resolution in this matter,” Johnson said in a statement. “There will be no further comment at this time.”
University Athletic Association spokesman Steve McClain confirmed that Callaway has been granted permission to use school facilities and said he will be “around the program” moving forward.
Last week, Gators coach Jim McElwain said Callaway wasn’t enrolled in summer classes and had no timetable for his return.
Callaway and teammate Treon Harris were suspended in January for violating the university’s code of conduct policy. McElwain has repeatedly declined to disclose details about their suspensions.
Callaway caught 35 passes for 678 yards and four touchdowns as a freshman last season. He also returned 28 punts for 435 yards and two scores. He had been expected to be a pivotal playmaker for the Gators this fall. But missing spring practice, being away from the team and potentially out of school – it’s unclear whether Callaway has been taking online classes – seemingly put his future at Florida in doubt.
Getting back on campus and rejoining the team, even if just partially for now, is a positive step for Callaway.
Harris, meanwhile, remains suspended indefinitely. He started the final eight games last season, after Will Grier was suspended for violating the NCAA’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Harris completed 50 percent of his passes for 1,676 yards as a sophomore, with nine touchdowns and six interceptions. Harris is expected to switch positions when and if he returns to Florida.
Harris has been suspended twice before, the first time in October 2014 while authorities investigated a sexual battery allegation against him. The complaint was later withdrawn, and Harris was fully reinstated. He also was suspended for one game last September for violating UAA policy.