Published: Mon, October 30, 2017
World | By Melba Underwood

McElwain fired as Florida Gators football coach

McElwain fired as Florida Gators football coach

The Gators are 3-4 including three straight losses. Florida Athletic Director Scott Stricklin denied Saturday that the school had "any conversations" with the coach or his representatives "regarding a buyout of his contract", but those talks will presumably begin soon.

Unfortunately, the offensive troubles continued as Florida finished the 2015 and 2016 seasons, ranked 112th and 116th nationally in yardage, respectively. That is this business, and I take full responsibility for all of it.

But cracks were already showing. First, Hugh Freeze gets popped at Ole Miss and now McElwain is done at Florida. That was later brought into question with little support. Fans soured as the offense failed to improve. Furthermore, McElwain came out recently and said he, his family, players and coaches have all received death threats - a claim he never did substantiate when asked to do so. The University Athletic Association issued a statement, which pointed out that he provided no additional information about the serious matter.

McElwain's story further unraveled last Wednesday, first in the SEC coaches' teleconference, then in a post-practice media gathering when he shared that the threats happened in the past. Most notably, nine players - including standout receiver Antonio Callaway and starting running back Jordan Scarlett - were suspended for their alleged involvement in a credit card fraud scandal.

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Once McElwain's dismissal becomes official, UF will launch a national search for his replacement.

McElwain, who was hired in December 2014, has a 22-12 record and won the SEC Eastern Division in back-to-back seasons, becoming the first SEC coach to make it to the SEC championship game in each of his first two seasons.

USF coach Charlie Strong's name will also be mentioned.

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