Florida Football: Jim McElwain ‘Disappointed,’ Continues To Support Antonio Callaway

The Florida Gators will be without several players on their football team to start the season, including star receiver Antonio Callaway.

But don’t expect head coach Jim McElwain to turn his back on any of them. While there was no definite length given for their suspension yet, they will not be available to play against Michigan.

McElwain appears to think the punishment is severe, but deserved.

“The individual circumstances, they’ll be handled and dealt with for the severity that it is,” McElwain said while speaking to  SEC Country. “As I said, the one thing I will do is I’ll continue to help. I’ll continue to be there. I’ll continue to support. But obviously the consequences, you make your own bed. … I’ll never turn my back on anybody. That’s not what it’s all about.”

The Gators open their season in Ann Arbor against the Wolverines. The game will be played in one of the most raucous, iconic stadiums in the country and will be nationally televised. He says that hasn’t been lost on his players, and that is one of the worst parts about their suspensions.

While the exact details of their violations isn’t known for sure, it appears to be related to the misuses of scholarship funds they receive. Students allegedly were making improper charges to their student ID’s at the university bookstore, then selling the items for cash.

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