GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida is parting methods with coach Jim McElwain a day after a 3rd consecutive loss and almost every week after he stated his gamers and their households had acquired demise threats, an individual acquainted with the state of affairs advised The Related Press.
The individual stated the events are negotiating McElwain’s $12.5 million buyout. The individual spoke to the AP on the situation of anonymity Sunday as a result of the varsity hasn’t made the transfer official.
Florida (three-four, three-three Southeastern Convention), which continues to be paying former coach Will Muschamp, want to considerably scale back McElwain’s sum and will use his actions during the last week as leverage.
Whatever the consequence, McElwain’s tenure will probably be remembered for failing to repair a floundering offense. Three years in the past, McElwain proclaimed he might win together with his canine at quarterback. The Gators presently rank 113th in complete offense, in triple digits nationally for the third time in McElwain’s three seasons.
Defensive coordinator Randy Shannon is predicted to be named interim coach for the ultimate 4 common-season video games.
McElwain went 22-12 with the Gators, together with four-9 towards ranked groups, and have become the primary coach in league historical past to take a group to the SEC championship recreation in his first two years. Florida was eradicated from rivalry within the Japanese Division with a forty two-7 loss to rival Georgia on Saturday. It was Florida’s most lopsided loss within the collection since 1982.
McElwain’s downfall was extra about relationships than data.
His already-strained rapport with directors reached a brand new low final Monday when he stated Florida gamers and households had acquired demise threats. The bombshell shocked athletic director Scott Stricklin, who had not been beforehand notified a few probably dangerous state of affairs.
Stricklin met with McElwain later that day, and the coach rebuffed a request to offer extra details about the threats. The athletic division responded with a press release that primarily criticized McElwain for being uncooperative.
The varsity’s place was principally this: If there have been demise threats and directors did nothing about them, the Gators can be legally liable if one thing horrible occurred. If McElwain exaggerated the threats or made them up altogether, then he primarily sullied a whole fan base with out benefit.
McElwain made the state of affairs even worse two days later when he stated he would offer extra particulars concerning the dying threats “when it turns into…