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UF's Jim McElwain: 'Harder consequences' for habitual drug users

FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2015, file photo, Florida wide receiver Antonio Callaway (81) returns a punt for a touchdown during the first half of the Southeastern Conference championship NCAA college football game against Alabam in Atlanta. A Florida athletics booster serving as a hearing officer for the university has cleared standout receiver Antonio Callaway of sexual assault on Friday, Aug. 12, 2016. The accuser, her attorney and witnesses boycotted the hearing, saying Jake Schickel was biased because of his financial contributions to the Gators. The accuser has 10 business days to appeal the ruling.  (AP Photo/John Bazemore File) NY165
FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2015, file photo, Florida wide receiver Antonio Callaway (81) returns a punt for a touchdown during the first half of the Southeastern Conference championship NCAA college football game against Alabam in Atlanta. A Florida athletics booster serving as a hearing officer for the university has cleared standout receiver Antonio Callaway of sexual assault on Friday, Aug. 12, 2016. The accuser, her attorney and witnesses boycotted the hearing, saying Jake Schickel was biased because of his financial contributions to the Gators. The accuser has 10 business days to appeal the ruling. (AP Photo/John Bazemore File) NY165
Published Aug. 17, 2016

GAINESVILLE — Florida receiver Antonio Callaway's status for the Sept. 3 season opener remains unknown.

Coach Jim McElwain deferred to the university when asked about the situation at a news conference on Monday.

"I kinda follow their lead," he said of not being able to talk.

He did, however, address Callaway's apparent use of marijuana, which was revealed in the aftermath of Callaway being accused of sexual assault, sexual misconduct and conduct causing physical injury — all UF student code of conduct violations. He was found not responsible for all three in a report issued Friday following a Title IX hearing.

The report, however, said that both Callaway and the complainant admitted Callaway was high on marijuana, with Callaway adding that he was "so stoned I had no interest in having sex with anyone."

McElwain said he's concerned with habitual use of marijuana and that, in general, he wants to help all his players learn to make better decisions off the field. He added that Callaway's situation is no different.

"If it becomes one of those deals that through the counseling hasn't worked and that kind of stuff, then there will be some harder consequences," he said. "And yet, those haven't come up yet."

McElwain didn't clarify what those "harder consequences" would be.

In other practice news, McElwain declined to name a starting quarterback but said he will announce it as soon as a decision is made.

"I'm not gonna keep it a secret," he said.

The Gators are also one player thinner at linebacker.

Redshirt junior Matt Rolin is no longer with the team but will stay at UF to finish his degree. McElwain said he should graduate at the end of the upcoming fall semester and that he's leaving because he lost his "love for the game."

"He wasn't really into it," McElwain said, "and at the same time, he saw that he was taking reps from some of the young guys."

Rolin arrived at UF as one of four linebackers in Florida's 2013 recruiting class. The remaining three — Jarrad Davis, Alex Anzalone and Daniel McMillian — are all still at UF.

During his career, Rolin amassed 11 tackles in three games after missing significant time — including his first two full seasons — due to injury.

Aside from Rolin's three classmates, every linebacker on UF's roster is a freshman or a walk-on.