Published: Sun, October 29, 2017
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

Florida AD Scott Stricklin issues official statement on Jim McElwain buyout rumors

Florida AD Scott Stricklin issues official statement on Jim McElwain buyout rumors

McElwain made a claim that his team and family have received death threats, but when the school went to look into this serious matter even further, McElwain was unable to elaborate on it.

According to a report from ESPN that surfaced during the Florida-Georgia game, the University of Florida is on the verge of firing head coach Jim McElwain.

Per Aschoff and Schlabach, the university believes that they would be able to fire McElwain without paying his buyout due to this being "with cause". The administration is now discussing whether they can fire him with cause.

He said he would have informed law enforcement, "if it became unmanageable".

Saturday added another level to an already complicated situation when Stricklin released a statement dispelling rumors that the school was working on a buyout with McElwain.

"The University Athletic Association takes the safety of our student-athletes, coaches, staff and families very seriously", spokesman Steve McClain wrote. "I'm a really passionate guy", McElwain said on Wednesday during the weekly SEC coaches teleconference. "It doesn't make it right".

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"I think it's a pretty good lesson for the way things are", he said.

"No one representing the University of Florida or our athletic department has had any conversations with Coach McElwain or his representatives regarding a buyout of his contract".

McElwain's odd behavior and the Gators' 3-3 start to the season has led to questions about his future in Gainesville. "Our focus is on this great Florida-Georgia rivalry today in Jacksonville".

McElwain has noted his teams did well enough to reach back-to-back SEC title games, but fans were more concerned about regular blowout losses to Alabama and Florida State. Those 19 wins tied Steve Spurrier for the second-most victories by a Florida head coach in his first two seasons.

Well, right as the Gators and McElwain are getting trounced by the rival Georgia Bulldogs in Jacksonville, there's some new information regarding this whole situation.

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