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  • #1 by jbcarol on 05 Aug 2016
  • A woman who accused Callaway and former Florida QB Treon Harris of sexually assaulting her in December is boycotting a Title IX hearing on the matter because Florida appointed a football booster to adjudicate it

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    The alleged assault happened in early December. The woman reported the incident to the university but did not report it to police. Callaway and Harris were suspended indefinitely in January for violating the student code of conduct. During that time they were not allowed on campus and took classes online.

    Callaway has not been reinstated to play in games, but he was allowed back on campus in June for summer classes and participated in the team’s first fall practices this week. The university announced last week that Harris was transferring.

    The woman’s attorney, John Clune, told the University of Florida his client would not be participating in the hearing, scheduled for Friday.

    “This has been a difficult decision but as I previously indicated to you, the fact that UF has hired a football booster to adjudicate a sexual assault allegation against one of the team’s own football players is a fundamentally skewed process in which [the complainant] refuses to participate,” Clune wrote.

    Not the first time for Treon Harris. From Fall 2014:

    Florida quarterback Treon Harris' accuser has withdrawn her sexual battery compaint against him

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    "This means she is not pursuing criminal charges against him at this time but maintains the right to do so in the future," Sikes told the Sentinel, adding that the University Athletic Association would have more information on Harris' football status later in the day.

    Huntley told the Sentinel earlier this week that Harris "absolutely wants to stay at the University of Florida as a student and a student athlete."

    http://www.hogville.net/yabbse/index.php?topic=577130.50

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    Det. J. Faroni: It's all like right here. Okay. Well, that's not bad. So here's what's going to happen, okay? Like the Lieutenant explained to you is right now your room is being sealed off. What we're going to do is apply for a search warrant to go take anything that's potentially evidence in this case for the allegation. Okay? So until that's done you're not going to be able to access your room.

    Treon Harris: So is this going to be on ESPN and stuff?

    Det. J. Faroni: I have no idea what's going to happen with any of that stuff. What we're doing is a criminal investigation. If someone comes forward to us with an allegation, we investigate it. Okay? What I can tell you is we're really good at our job...

     Det. J. Faroni: Okay? So, it's much better to just deal with this right now, right...

    Treon Harris: So it's going to get on ESPN.

    Det. J. Faroni: ...then put it off, put it off, put it off. What's that?

    Treon Harris: So you're saying it's going to get on ESPN?

    Det. J. Faroni: I'm not even talking about ESPN anymore.

    Treon Harris: Oh.
  • #2 by jbcarol on 05 Aug 2016
  •  Michael Carvell ‏@Carvell_AJC 55s56 seconds ago

    Attorney for Florida WR Antonio Callaway responds to ESPN report 
    https://t.co/xOZ482Um81

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    Callaway’s attorney, Huntley Johnson, released a statement Friday in response to the report:

        We have read what the complainant’ s attorney has released to the press.

        We consider his actions inappropriate and an attempt at intimidation.

        Since the complainant’s attorney has chosen to go to the press in this matter, we assume that he will be releasing the hundreds of pages that made up the University of Florida’s investigation. We assume that he will be releasing the sworn affidavits in this case. We assume that he will be releasing the complainant’s text messages in the investigation. We assume that he will be releasing the complainant’s multitude of varying and conflicting stories.

        We are not going to besmirch his client in the press. The totality of the investigation which is over one-thousand (1,000) pages will do that for us.

        Our client has asked us not to release anything at this point. Because of the conduct of the complainant’s attorney, that may change in the future.
  • #3 by jbcarol on 05 Aug 2016
  • Matt Baker ‏@MBakerTBTimes 1h1 hour ago

    University of Florida statement on bias accusation, RE: Callaway case

    Read: http://tl.gd/n_1sovl6p

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    University of Florida is prohibited to comment on the existence or substance of student disciplinary matters under state and federal law.

    However, I can tell you that our student conduct process may be handled by a hearing officer, who could be a university employee or an outside professional, or by a committee of faculty and students.

    Any hearing officer and all committee members are trained and vetted for their impartiality. A hearing officer or committee member would not be disqualified or lack objectivity simply because he or she had been a student athlete decades earlier or purchases athletic tickets as more than 90,000 people do each year.
  • #4 by jbcarol on 05 Aug 2016
  • Kevin Brockway ‏@gatorhoops 3h3 hours ago Florida, USA

    The US department of justice requires Title IX hearings to be unbiased. Yet Florida thought it was OK for booster to overhear case?


    Andy Staples Verified account
    ‏@Andy_Staples

    It's a huge school, so no. But boosters should not be running hearings involving football players. Bad look at best.
  • #5 by jbcarol on 05 Aug 2016

  • On and off field allegedly
  • #6 by jbcarol on 05 Aug 2016
  • Mike Bianchi ‏@BianchiWrites 10h10 hours ago

    Why would #Gators appoint a football booster to oversee sexual assault hearing of star football player? Guess Mr. Two-Bits was unavailable.
  • #7 by jbcarol on 06 Aug 2016

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    University of Florida administrators have not only done Antonio Callaway's accuser a disservice, they've done Callaway himself a disservice — and embarrassed an entire academic institution and football program in the process.

    Just when you thought the Gators were handling the student-conduct case of Callaway and former UF quarterback Treon Harris patiently and prudently, ESPN broke the news Friday the case involved a sexual-assault allegation and the school shockingly and stupidly appointed a prominent football booster to adjudicate the Title IX hearing. As a result, the accuser in the sexual-assault case boycotted the hearing on Friday — as she should have.

    According to a letter obtained by the Orlando Sentinel, the woman's attorney, Colorado lawyer John Clune, informed Florida that the accuser, her parents and five witnesses would not attend Callaway's student-conduct code hearing, which went on without them Friday in Gainesville.

    Hmmm, I wonder how it'll turn out?

    Clune, who has handled dozens of Title IX cases during his career, is the same attorney who represented Jameis Winston's accuser at Florida State. Which makes you wonder how UF officials could be so tone-deaf in these unseemly times when the clandestine concealment and mishandling of sexual-assault allegations against football players at FSU, Baylor and Tennessee have stained the reputation of those universities.

    Why wouldn't UF bend over backward to make sure everything appeared to be by the book and above board? Why wouldn't the school, knowing the media-savvy Clune was the accuser's attorney and how much public scrutiny this case could ultimately receive, come to the natural conclusion to seek out an arbitrator considered to be unbiased and impartial?

    Instead, the Gators appointed prominent Jacksonville attorney Jake Schickel, a UF football and basketball booster, to oversee the hearing. That's right, the Gators actually thought it was a good idea to choose someone who donates thousands of dollars to the football team to judge a case involving one of the football team's best players.
  • #8 by jbcarol on 06 Aug 2016

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    A woman who accused Florida football players Antonio Callaway of sexually assaulting her and Treon Harris of attempted sexual assault in December is boycotting a Title IX hearing because the university appointed a Gators football booster to adjudicate the case.

    According to a letter obtained by ESPN, the woman's attorney, John Clune of Boulder, Colorado, informed Florida's deputy general counsel that the complainant, her parents and five witnesses will not attend Callaway's student conduct code hearing, which is scheduled for Friday in Gainesville, Florida.

    "This has been a difficult decision but as I previously indicated to you, the fact that UF has hired a football booster to adjudicate a sexual assault allegation against one of the team's own football players is a fundamentally skewed process in which [the complainant] refuses to participate," Clune wrote in letter sent Friday morning to UF deputy general counsel Amy Hass.

    "To be clear, [the complainant] remains very willing to participate in a fair and unbiased disciplinary process. Mr. Calloway's behavior has had a great impact on her life and continuing as a student at UF is of great importance to her and her future."

    In January, Florida suspended Callaway and Harris for violating the school's code of conduct policy. They were barred from campus and took online courses during the suspension. According to sources, the woman reported the incident to Florida's student conduct and conflict resolution office in early December. She didn't report the incident to police.

    Gainesville police and University of Florida police previously confirmed to ESPN that they didn't have reports related to the alleged incident.

    U.S Department of Education allows schools to establish their own structure for adjudicating Title IX complaints within certain guidelines and standards. The agency requires anyone involved in the grievance procedure to have adequate training in handling complaints of sexual harassment and sexual violence -- and to be unbiased. A letter the agency sent to colleges and universities in 2011 states, "a school's investigation and hearing process cannot be equitable unless they are impartial. Therefore, any real or perceived conflicts of interest between the fact-finder or decision-maker and the parties should be disclosed."

    Florida officials appointed attorney Jake Schickel to serve as a hearing officer. Schickel, a founding partner of a Jacksonville, Florida, law firm, has a bachelor's degree in political science and law degree from Florida. He is also a past trustee of Florida's Levin College of Law.

    A former track and field athlete at Florida, Schickel, 68, is a Scholarship Club donor to Florida Football Boosters, which requires annual contributions of $4,800 to $8,599, according to a 2014-15 Year In Review program published by the UF athletics department. According to the documents, Schickel is also a 3-Point Club donor to Florida basketball, which requires annual contributions of $2,000 to $4,999.

    "To be clear, this letter is not intended to cast any aspersions about Mr. Schickel's character or his service to his alma mater," Clune wrote in an Aug. 2 letter to Hass. "However, UF should never have asked him to serve as an objective reviewer and decision-maker on this matter when the claim has been brought against a star member of the very team for which both he and his law partners have provided considerable financial support.

    "Quite frankly, short of finding a relative of Mr. Calloway, I'm not sure how UF could have found someone with more conflicts [than] Mr. Schickel."

    Janine Sikes, the university's assistant vice president for media relations and public affairs, issued a statement Thursday afternoon saying that Schickel is qualified to preside over the hearing.

    "Any hearing officer and all committee members are trained and vetted for their impartiality," Sikes' statement said. "A hearing officer or committee member would not be disqualified or lack objectivity simply because he or she had been a student athlete decades earlier or purchases athletic tickets as more than 90,000 people do each year."

    Florida officials, citing confidentiality laws, declined to say whether it routinely hired Schickel to oversee student judicial hearings, and Schickel did not respond to interview requests from ESPN.

    "This is beyond unacceptable," Clune told ESPN. "I couldn't be more proud of my client for boycotting this hearing and she'll take her testimony and her witnesses elsewhere. Victims are not required to settle for whatever scraps of fairness are left over in a biased university process. They get a full seat at the table just like the accused, football player or not. If Florida wants to clear their athlete to play, so be it."

    Brett Sokolow, executive director of the Association of Title IX Administrators, a nonprofit association for schools, colleges and universities, said if Florida is choosing someone with such deep ties to the athletic department and university, it opens up any potential decision to a complaint to the U.S. Department of Education or a Title IX lawsuit.

    "The obligation for a Title IX investigation is for it to be impartial and completed by somebody whose perspective is objective. All of those associations with the university certainly raise the issue of potential bias," he said. "How would the alleged victim feel like she's getting a fair shake?"

    "I'm not even sure it's ethical under the state ethics rules for the attorney to take on this engagement, given his donations and other boosting of the athletic program," he added.

    He said any such conflicts should have been disclosed to both sides of the Title IX complaint. Clune said the information was not disclosed and that his firm discovered it on its own.

    Harris, a junior from Miami, announced last month that he was leaving Florida and transferring to another school. Sources familiar with the case told ESPN that Harris agreed to leave Florida as part of a plea deal related to the Title IX case. He also apologized to the woman, the sources said.

    Callaway, a sophomore from Miami, has maintained his innocence and planned to fight the allegations in Friday's student conduct code hearing.
  • #9 by jbcarol on 06 Aug 2016
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  • #11 by Rzbakfromwaybak on 08 Aug 2016



  • LOL.  Gee, why didn't Florida just go ahead & appoint their head football coach, to adjudicate over the sexual assault case of one his football players ??    ;)
  • #12 by jbcarol on 09 Aug 2016
  • Antonio Callaway case has cast a cloud over the Gators football program in recent days, with news of an alleged sexual assault surfacing via the accuser’s attorney

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    “Obviously I’m not happy about any of it,” McElwain said. “The impact, I guess we’ll see down the road on that. … I haven’t been updated on anything new or where it’s at. But we’ll fight through it.”

    Callaway practiced with the team last Thursday for the first time in six months, and McElwain said he “didn’t miss a beat” in his return. Callaway’s case apparently hasn’t affected his play on the field.

    “You never doubt how hard he plays and goes hard in practices,” McElwain said. “He’s one of those guys that loves to play the game. You kind of wish from a football standpoint that you have a lot of guys that just love the game, love to practice and the competition. But I haven’t noticed really anything different from that standpoint.”

    McElwain will wait until the case is closed before deciding how to move forward with Callaway, including the possibility of additional discipline. He hasn’t been fully reinstated to the team at this time.
  • #13 by jbcarol on 09 Aug 2016
  • Dooley: UF comes off looking insensitive

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    There are several ways I could play devil’s advocate concerning UF’s latest controversy involving Antonio Callaway’s hearing, but there really doesn’t seem to be a reason to do so. The bottom line is that Florida, which had done everything perfectly concerning the handling of the incident, couldn’t finish. It messed up horribly when it appointed Jake Schickel, a former UF athlete and season-ticket holder, to adjudicate the sexual assault allegation. It just looks bad in this climate. That’s not to say that Schickel isn’t impartial and I’m sure he was vetted. But any perceived bias, whether it is real or not, stains the process. There is way more to this story than we all know. But it’s just a bad look. And in this world we live in today and with all of the horrifying stories about sexual assault permeating the college landscape, it just looks stupidly insensitive.

    A lot of absolute language early in the analysis
  • #14 by jbcarol on 11 Aug 2016
  • #15 by jbcarol on 12 Aug 2016

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    Florida WR Antonio Callaway has been found “not responsible” in the Title IX hearing regarding the allegations of sexual assault against him.

    Callaway has been serving an indefinite suspension since January after a woman accused him and former Florida QB Treon Harris of sexually assaulting her in December. He was allowed to return to campus to take classes in June, and rejoined the football team for camp in July.

    The woman who made the allegations boycotted the hearing because the university appointed a lawyer who is also a Florida football booster to adjudicate it.
  • #16 by jbcarol on 12 Aug 2016
  • #17 by jbcarol on 12 Aug 2016
  • Kevin Brockway ‏@gatorhoops 21m21 minutes ago Pembroke Pines, FL

    Alleged victim has 10 days to appeal Callaway Title IX ruling, which was made by #Gator booster.
  • #18 by jbcarol on 12 Aug 2016
  • Matt Baker ‏@MBakerTBTimes 3m

    Callaway accuser's attorney says an appeal is unlikely, and there are no plans to file a lawsuit. http://www.tampabay.com/sports/college/title-ix-sexual-assault-investigation-finds-florida-wr-antonio-callaway/2289267 … #GoooooooGators

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    A third-party Title IX hearing officer found Callaway not responsible for conduct causing physical injury, sexual assault and sexual misconduct. The hearing officer, Jacksonville attorney Jake Schickel, did not hear Callaway's countercomplaint against his accuser; that complaint is still pending, according to Schickel's letter, which was obtained Friday by the Tampa Bay Times.

    Callaway was indefinitely suspended in January while UF investigated a code of conduct complaint against the Miami native. He missed all of spring practice before UF modified his suspension on June to allow him to return to campus and team workouts pending the final outcome of the investigation. He participated in the team's opening practices of fall camp.

    Callaway's attorney, Huntley Johnson, released the following statement:

    The complainant's advisor has gone out of his way to distort Mr. Callaway's actions. Please allow us to level the playing field.

    This decision by the hearing officer reflects only a fraction of the evidence which is not favorable 10 the complainant.

    The young lady's advisor has said, "they take their witnesses and go elsewhere.' They need to be careful what they wish for.

    The complainant and her attorney, Colorado-based John Clune, boycotted an Aug. 5 hearing because of what Clune considered a possible conflict of interest because Schickel is a Gators booster with the football and basketball programs and a member of UF's hall of fame. Through a spokesperson, UF has said that its hearing officers are all vetted and trained in impartiality.

    "It wasn't exactly a news flash that Mr. Callaway was going to be found not responsible," Clune said. "It just seems like this whole situation, ever since we found out they were having a booster hear the case, is a disgrace, and it's a disservice to everybody who is involved in this process."

    Clune said the complainant has not yet decided whether she will return to UF for this school year. Clune said an appeal is unlikely and that there are no plans to file a lawsuit related to the case.
  • #19 by jbcarol on 12 Aug 2016
  •  Matt Baker ‏@MBakerTBTimes 2m2 minutes ago

    University of Florida released this statement, two hours after the Antonio Callaway news broke:  http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gators/university-of-florida-responds-to-antonio-callaway-ruling/2289287

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    University of Florida will not tolerate sexual misconduct and thoroughly investigates every allegation it receives through the student conduct and Title IX processes.

    While we want to be as transparent as possible, we cannot address rumors, media reports or misleading statements from attorneys on this subject.

    We cannot confirm whether or not any allegation or student conduct investigation exists; and the university is barred from discussing specific student disciplinary cases. Federal and state law are very clear on this front and require strict confidentiality of this kind of information.

    Be assured that any situation of this serious nature reported to the university is immediately addressed following Title IX regulations, U.S. Department of Education guidelines and university policies. These policies and practices support those who report sexual misconduct of any kind and ensure a fair investigation and process for the accuser and the accused beginning with the initial report and through any appeal.

    Either side may elect to appeal the decision in a student conduct case. A written appeal must be received by the reviewing authority designated by the university within 10 business days of the decision. An appeal may be made on any or all of the following grounds:
    ˇ Violation of student rights
    ˇ New information or evidence (students who attend the hearing)
    ˇ Preponderance of evidence was met (accuser appeal) or was not met (accused appeal)
    ˇ Inappropriate sanctions imposed

    A final decision would be made within 10 business days following receipt of the complete file and any meetings with the parties. Ultimately, the reviewing authority could require a new hearing or accept, modify or reject the decision or sanction imposed.
  • #20 by jbcarol on 12 Aug 2016
  • High

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    John Schickel, a Florida football booster, ruled Callaway “not responsible.”

    Both Callaway and his accuser told Shickel that Callaway was under the influence of marijuana during the encounter. The woman testified that Callaway was “faded as (expletive).”

    Callaway testified that the sex was consensual. While the woman claimed she was too intoxicated to give consent, Shickel wrote that her own text messages suggested that she was pretending to be intoxicated.

    “I noted the statements by (the complainant) in the investigation report wherein she stated did not consent because of intoxication and/or force,” Schickel wrote in his decision. “However the totality of the evidence suggest the contrary, and she was not intoxicated to the extent she could not consent. The affidavits all indicated that (the complainant) did not appear intoxicated. Further her own text messages indicated that she was pretending to be intoxicated.

    “(The complainant) was at Mr.Callaway’s residence voluntarily and not at the request of Mr. Callaway,” Schickel wrote. “Others were present the whole time she was at Mr.Callaway’s. She was not detained at any point nor did she ask for help from any of the persons present, including another woman .”

    The woman’s attorney, John Clune, asked Shickel to recuse himself from the proceedings because of his connections to the football program. His client boycotted the hearing for that reason. Shickel addressed those concerns in his decision.

    “Immediately prior to the hearing I was provided a letter which was made part of the record from Mr. Clune, asking me to recuse myself,” Shickel wrote. “I denied the request. While he did not impugn my integrity, he was concerned with bias. I recounted my experience training, education and life involvements and indicated that I did not believe that I would be biased in any way in favor of or against any of the parties. I have prosecuted rape cases, I have sat in judgment of lawyers. My family has dealt with rape issues. Note that this was a Student Conduct Hearing which is often held by a member of the university community.”
    High Five
  • #21 by jbcarol on 15 Aug 2016
  • #22 by jbcarol on 25 Aug 2016
  • Florida WR Antonio Callaway playing in season opener? He's keeping his lips zipped.

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    In an Aug. 12 Title IX hearing, UF determined Callaway did not commit sexual assault or violate the school’s code of conduct. The accusation led to his indefinite suspension on Jan. 27, but he was allowed back on campus for classes and team workouts in June.

    Callaway returned to practice for fall training camp after missing spring football. When the Title IX investigation cleared Callaway, McElwain said his reinstatement and playing status would be determined by the Florida administration.

    “That’s one of those deals that, obviously I can’t (comment),” McElwain said. “I’m part of the university and I kind of follow their lead.”

  • #23 by Vantage 8 dude on 25 Aug 2016
  • #24 by jbcarol on 29 Aug 2016
  • Brett McMurphy ‏@McMurphyESPN 3h3 hours ago

    Florida coach Jim McElwain said WR Antonio Callaway cleared to play in opener vs. UMass
  • #25 by jbcarol on 30 Aug 2016
  • Florida coach announced the reinstatement of WR Antonio Callaway and the suspension of five players for the season opener

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    Star cornerback Jalen “Teez” Tabor and tight end C’yontai Lewis are missing the season opener because of fighting, as previously announced. McElwain said Monday wide receivers Tyrie Cleveland and Rick Wells will be suspended for their BB gun incident in July.

    McElwain added that a senior is also suspended for UMass, but didn’t name the player.

    “We’ve had some guys that obviously made some choices not to play in this game,” McElwain said. “And yet, those guys will join us when the time’s ready.”

    Sophomore wideout Antonio Callaway has been fully reinstated to the team and will play Saturday.

    Receiver Kalif Jackson (foot), offensive guard Antonio Riles (torn ACL) and defensive backs Quincy Lenton (broken foot) and C.J. Williams (torn ACL) are all out with injuries.
  • #26 by Hog N Bama on 31 Aug 2016
  • Really convenient the first game is UMASS and Coach can look tough all at the same time :puke:
  • #27 by jbcarol on 19 Sep 2016
  • #28 by jbcarol on 22 Sep 2016

  • From alleged rapist to alleged campus hero
  • #29 by jbcarol on 25 Sep 2016
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  • #31 by jbcarol on 29 Sep 2016
  • Report: Florida fired Title IX official involved in Antonio Callaway case after complaints from player’s lawyers

    No word on whether Florida fired the person who though attempting to field a punt at the one is a good idea.

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    Florida has fired deputy Title IX coordinator Chris Loschiavo, who was involved in the Antonio Callaway sexual assault investigation, and is conducting an internal investigation, according to the Tampa Bay Times’ Claire McNeill.

    The university sent Loschiavo a termination letter Aug. 23, but did not provide a reason for his dismissal. Callaway’s lawyers reportedly complained to the school about Loschiavo’s supervision of the sexual assault case. They argued that Loschiavo’s work as a consultant with the National Center for Higher Education Risk Management created a conflict of interest.

    The university did not comment on whether those complaints were the reason for Loschiavo’s termination.

    Callaway’s attorneys had also said previously that Loschiavo’s role as “the investigator, the prosecutor and the judge” in the case made it an unfair situation for the Florida wideout.

    Loschiavo was supposed to judge Callaway’s Title IX hearing, but the university later appointed Jake Schickel, a Jacksonville lawyer and Florida athletics booster, to oversee the case instead. Callaway’s accuser boycotted the hearing because of Schickel’s relationship with the football program.
  • #32 by jbcarol on 09 Nov 2016
  • Michael Carvell ‏@Michael_Carvell 27m27 minutes ago

    Florida wide receiver Antonio Callaway covers range of topics in first interview all season
    https://www.seccountry.com/florida/florida-wide-receiver-antonio-callaway-covers-range-of-topics-in-first-interview-all-season



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    In regard to his offseason ordeal, in which he was ultimately cleared in August following the university’s Title IX investigation regarding allegations of sexual assault against him, he talked about how his teammates supported him.

    “They told me to just keep working. Don’t give up. Just keep working,” he said.

    As for everything since he returned to the football field for the Gators — after being suspended from January until rejoining the team for preseason camp — he said it hasn’t quite been the follow-up season he had hoped for after a breakout freshman campaign.

    “It’s been going all right. Not how I expected, but it’s going good. It’s all right,” he said.

    He added that he doesn’t feel like he’s had one-on-one coverage all fall. That and the Gators’ 31-10 stumble last Saturday at Arkansas have made this something of a frustrating sophomore season for him.

    “The losing part. That wasn’t part of the plans. I ain’t used to losing,” he said.

    The positive: “I made school history, first player to score five different ways. It felt good,” he said.

    Both Callaway and his accuser told Schickel that Callaway was under the influence of marijuana during the encounter. The woman testified that Callaway was “faded as (expletive).”

    Callaway testified that the sex was consensual. While the woman claimed she was too intoxicated to give consent, Schickel wrote that her own text messages suggested that she was pretending to be intoxicated.

    John Schickel, a Florida football booster, ruled Callaway “not responsible.”

    The woman’s attorney, John Clune, asked Schickel to recuse himself from the proceedings because of his connections to the football program. His client boycotted the hearing for that reason. Shickel addressed those concerns in his decision.

    “Immediately prior to the hearing I was provided a letter which was made part of the record from Mr. Clune, asking me to recuse myself,” Schickel wrote. “I denied the request..."
  • #33 by jbcarol on 18 Apr 2017

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    University of Florida General Counsel Jamie Keith, under investigation following a complaint alleging misconduct, has been placed on administrative leave.

    UF spokeswoman Janine Sikes said it would be inappropriate to discuss the reason for the move while the investigation is underway. Keith continues to be paid her $389,500 annual salary, Sikes said.

    Keith had agreed to take annual leave once the investigation by UF’s Office of Internal Audit was launched. She said in an email to her staff that she was taking time away to avoid compromising the investigation.

    Meanwhile, a new batch of public records concerning Keith released last week show that she so inflamed former UF Athletics Director Jeremy Foley that he wrote in an email to her four days before he retired on Oct. 1, 2016, that he was thankful he would no longer be working with her.

    Records also show that Keith continued to work while she was on annual leave, even coming on campus. UF later put out-of-office messages on Keith’s email and phone answering service, and she was told to coordinate with others if she planned to return to her office.

    The records also show complaints were made to the UF’s Ethics and Compliance hotline that Keith’s office hired an attorney who was not licensed to practice in Florida and that the employee was kept on staff while she was studying to retake the Florida Bar exam, which she failed.

    Keith has been in the spotlight since Gainesville attorney Huntley Johnson filed a lawsuit in early February against UF alleging that university officials were lagging in providing public records about Keith.

    Records that have been released since then include complaints filed against her by her employees, negative responses about her job performance and management in an employee survey and the hiring of a consultant for about $12,000 to “coach” Keith in response to the complaints.

    Johnson over the years has represented UF athletes who get into criminal trouble or for misconduct on campus. Friction between Johnson and Keith developed over the past several months, possibly over a complaint filed against UF football player Antonio Callaway, who Johnson represents.

    A woman accused Callaway of sexual battery. He was never charged with a crime and in August was cleared after the woman alleged a violation of federal Title IX laws, which prohibit gender discrimination and sexual violence on school campuses.

    Among the records that were recently released was a blistering email from Foley to Keith over a sentence she inserted into minutes of a meeting regarding the hiring of Foley’s replacement last year.

    The dispute involves racial diversity along with legal ethics and integrity — two characteristics for which Keith has been criticized by other employees in her office and for which she is under investigation.

    At issue is this line added by Keith in the minutes of a meeting on the hiring of a new athletics director: “There was diversity in the group of sitting athletic directors whom President (Kent) Fuchs identified in the exploration of interest.”

    On Sept. 27 at 5:47 a.m., Foley sent Keith an email about the sentence.

    “Good morning. I woke up this morning disappointed in myself because I gave in way too easily on those minutes,” Foley began. “The minutes you have produced that give the impression diversity was sought or was part of the process do not have integrity as this is not true ... And if the General Counsel of (UF) thinks it is ok to have the search committee sign off on something that is not factually accurate this is extremely disappointing.”

    Foley also wrote that the incident is a “prime example of why I have a problem with you inserting yourself in the affairs of the (University Athletic Association). It is a good thing my time is ending because I am weary of this dynamic. We all are.”
  • #34 by jbcarol on 19 May 2017

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    Antonio Callaway had been cited for possession of marijuana after a traffic stop in Gainesville early on the morning of May 13.

    McElwain knew the questions were going to come before his visit with the Pinellas County Gator Club inside the Kapok Special Events Center and addressed the matter on his own, though he wouldn’t reveal what if any discipline Callaway might face.

    “I’m just, I’m really disappointed, and I’m aware of it and everything and we’ll handle it accordingly,” McElwain said. “But, you know, just really disappointed. And yet, at the same time, there’s another opportunity to learn, there’s another opportunity to educate and, like I said, we’ll get it handled.”

    McElwain wouldn’t say if any potential discipline from the incident could jeopardize Callaway’s status for Florida’s much-anticipated season-opener...
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