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Former Gators WR Antonio Callaway’s already in trouble in Cleveland

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At some point Antonio Callaway is going to be out of chances. The former Gators wide receiver who missed all of 2017, while suspended in a credit card fraud investigation is back in the news with his new team for the wrong reasons.

This, after Callaway was stopped by police early Sunday morning in Strongsville, OH for a traffic violation that became much more than that.

The investigating officers found marijuana, which Callaway, the Browns fourth round pick in April, claimed was not his. However, he claimed it belonged to whomever had been using the car before it was shipped to him in Cleveland, recently.

Well, it turns out that there was even more to the traffic stop.

TMZ obtained the dashboard police cam video of the traffic stop and posted it Wednesday afternoon. In it, the officers also located a back strap for a Glock handgun and ammunition for the gun:

In the video, the officers become very serious (and rightfully, so) when the find the gun part and the bullets. However, the were put more at ease, when there was no gun, and more importantly, recognized Callaway from his id and figured out he was a Browns player.

Callaway was cited for drug possession and driving with a suspended license from Florida. And, he is already in hot water with his employer without having not even played a game.

Mary Kay Cabot, Browns beat writer for the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, reported Wednesday that Callaway will be with the team, as they travel to play the Giants on Thursday night.

Callaway saw his draft stock take a hit, not only from the problems in Gainesville, but also when his urine sample at the the NFL Scouting Combine came up as “diluted.” This is an obvious new attempt to beat the drug test by having it invalidated, but the NFL now considers diluted sample results as positives for that reason.

Interestingly, as we wrote about Wednesday morning, star free agent wide receiver Jarvis Landry lit into his teammates in a meeting room on the debut episode of HBO’s “Hard Knocks” on Tuesday night. And Callaway can be seen sitting and listening in that video, as Landry is railing about work ethic, desire to practice and trying to turn things around.

The show made no mention, yet, of Callaway’s arrest and situation, but still could on a future episode.


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Gators announced home and home series with Cal Friday

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The Florida Gators continued their philosophy of striking “home-and-home” deals with Power 5 opposition, when they announced on Friday that they will be doing so with the Cal-Berkley Bears out of the Pac-12 coming later in this decade.

The Gators made the announcement through their website and social media mid-day Friday that they will play Cal at home first and then travel to Berkeley the following year:

A.D. Scott Stricklin has broken up the long tradition that Florida would only play two home out of conference games in September and usually, against much lesser competition before entering SEC play. Stricklin has been very outspoken that in the age of the College Football Playoff, strength of schedule is emphasized and the selection committee holds schools responsible for not playing top-notch out of conference opponents, at least some of the time.

With that in mind, the Gators opened the 2019 season in Orlando against the Miami Hurricanes and won a sloppy game. And, they already have other Power 5 schools laid out to play home and away.

As we previously wrote, Florida will be playing the Texas Longhorns first in Gainesville in 2030 and then. return the game the following year in Austin.

Florida had previously announced last year that they will also play the Colorado Buffaloes out of the Pac-12, again with the first game in Gainesville in 2028 and then, returning it to Boulder the following season.

It’s interesting with Friday’s announcement that Stricklin and the football program are working backwards with the schedule. And, they will now play Cal before Colorado in September of 2026, and then will be opening on the Berkeley campus the following season.

Florida and Cal have only met two times, having played first in Gainesville in 1974 as the Gators wo 21 – 17 and then, they also met in Tampa to open the 1980 season with a Florida 41-13 blowout victory.

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Second National Signing Day recap for top state schools

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National Signing Day 2020 has come and gone, and several in state schools were able to improve their classes heading into spring ball. The University of Florida watched rival Georgia secure the number one overall class, but the Gators were still able to land the best class in the state with the number eight class overall.

The Gators officially signed former five-star receiver Justin Shorter from Penn State, and Florida stayed in the family today as well, Xzavier Henderson officially joined the Gators. He’s the ounger brother of  former DB C.J. Henderson.

Dan Mullen also able to dip into the state of Texas inking four-star DE Princely Umanmielen. It wasn’t all great news for the Gators, as they missed out on a few key guys, including losing out on arguably top state safety Avantae Williams to in state rival Miami. Overall it was a good cycle for the Gators both recruiting and in the transfer portal.

The Miami Hurricanes continued an impressive offseason on National Signing Day. The Canes made arguably the biggest move in the state by landing Williams and keeping him Florida. Williams became the highest rated Hurricane in the class and propelled the U to the number 13 spot.

Miami has the second-best class in the ACC behind Clemson. With an impressive offseason in the books, once again excitement will be in the air in Coral Gables. The question is: will they live up to it in year two for Manny Diaz?

Florida State and new coach Mike Norvell have been working hard to get this class rolling last minute. After a good early National Signing Day Norvell looked to keep the momentum going. The Noles took a big hit Wednesday though, with the loss of Venice four star WR, Malachi Wideman, who flipped to Tennessee.

The Noles came back from that by landing a handful of other recruits. They got the number six Juco running back La’Damian Webb, ass well as, Robert Scott, an offensive lineman and Corey Wren, an athlete/running back.

Replacing Cam Akers will be tough for Norvell and building the offensive line is a top priority. The former Memphis coach came in late like he did, yet he finishes with a decent class sitting at 22 on 24/7.

Now the work begins turning around the former powerhouse.

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