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Team: Florida Gators
Age / DOB:  (55) / 3/1/1962

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Former Florida head coach Jim McElwain will only receive around $4 million of a possible $12.9 million buyout from the school, according to Brett McMurphy.
McMurphy adds Florida believes it could fire McElwain "with cause" due to the head coach withholding information of death threats. Perhaps the most interesting note is McElwain's agent, Jimmy Sexton, represents other possible candidates for the Florida job. Therefore Sexton might not want to press Florida. Expect Jim McElwain to be coaching another program next year. Mon, Oct 30, 2017 10:37:00 AM

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Florida announced that they have mutually parted ways with HC Jim McElwain.

The released statement by the university offered no reason for McElwain's dismissal, but earlier reports had Florida looking to fire the head coach "with cause" due to unsubstantiated claims by McElwain of death threats to players and family early in the week. Per the Gators, the two sides are continuing negotiations on McElwain's buyout clause, which is set at around $12.75 million. McElwain won the SEC East in each of his first two seasons with the Gators and finishes with a record of 22-14 over the past two-plus years. Randy Shannon, Florida's defensive coordinator, will serve as interim head coach for the remainder of the season. Florida currently sits at 3-4 on the year.
Source: SEC Country
Sun, Oct 29, 2017 05:28:00 PM

Football Scoop reports that Florida has fired HC Jim McElwain.

Multiple outlets were reporting earlier on Sunday that McElwain was meeting with Florida officials. The end result appears to be his termination. This parting-of-ways stems from McElwain's unsubstantiated claims of death threats to players and family earlier this week. While the Gators made the SEC Championship Game in McElwain's first two years at the helm of the ship (2015, 2016), the team's offense has never truly come together on his watch. Florida has also seen a number of off-field transgressions from multiple players since McElwain took over. The Gainesville Sun's Robbie Andreu passes along that the team has been made aware of their coach's termination. McElwain will finish out his tenure at Florida having compiled a 22-14 record.
Sun, Oct 29, 2017 01:34:00 PM

Football Scoop is reporting that Florida officials are meeting with HC Jim McElwain on Sunday.

ESPN reported on Saturday that the university was investigating firing McElwain "with cause" for unsubstantiated comments about death threats from earlier in the week. We've seen coaches dodge bullets when they've been on the verge of termination before and it's not outside the realm of possibility that McElwain could save his job. But that might be an uphill climb at this point. This is a developing story and we'll pass along updates as they become available.
Sun, Oct 29, 2017 12:24:00 PM

ESPN's Paul Finebaum said that Tennessee HC Butch Jones is in a better position than Florida HC Jim McElwain in terms of job security.

We're talking about levels of fire in the dumpster here, but Finebaum cites McElwain's recent unsubstantiated comments regarding death threats to players and family as reason that he is closer to losing his job than Jones. ESPN reported on Saturday that Florida was investigating terminating McElwain's contract "with cause" related to those comments. Even beyond this most recent quagmire, the Gators have also committed a slew of off-field indiscretions under McElwain's watch.
Source: 247Sports
Sun, Oct 29, 2017 12:11:00 PM

ESPN's Edward Aschoff and Mark Schlabach report that Florida is exploring firing HC Jim McElwain with cause.

This is not related to Florida's discouraging on-field product, at least not overtly. Rather, Florida is looking into potentially terminating McElwain after he claimed that players and family received death threats this week -- claims that Florida has not been able to substantiate. 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." Expect plenty more details to filter out in the coming days one way or another.
Sat, Oct 28, 2017 06:39:00 PM

Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin said Saturday morning that no conversations have taken place with HC Jim McElwain or his representatives regarding a buyout.

Stricklin was responding to a report from Forbes writer Darren Heitner that stated Florida boosters have been contacted about pooling money for a McElwain buyout. "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," Stricklin said. Yahoo’s Pat Forde report jived with Stricklin's statement; Forde reported that there has been no communication about a buyout of McElwain’s contract. To play devil's advocate, Stricklin didn't address contacting boosters. Further, it isn't exactly in Stricklin's best interest to let Heitner's report fester prior to today's rivalry game with Georgia. We'd expect McElwain's fate to be decided by how Florida closes out the season.
Sat, Oct 28, 2017 01:30:00 PM

Sports Attorney and Forbes writer Darren Heitner reports Florida boosters have already been contacted in anticipation of the school hiring a new head coach "soon."

Heitner cites sources stating Florida's athletic director already has a statement written regardless of the outcome against Georgia on Saturday. We are a bit surprised by the swiftness of this (reported) decision. We highly respect Jim McElwain as a play caller and head coach, but those offensive credentials have not come to fruition. We could come up with a few excuses, like Will Grier's suspension resulting in a transfer and players not behaving appropriately off the field. Florida currently sits at 3-3 on the season, with a fairly soft schedule coming up. Florida finished 10-4 and 9-4 in McElwain's previous two seasons.
Sat, Oct 28, 2017 10:10:00 AM

Saturday's game between Florida and Northern Colorado has been canceled due to Hurricane Irma.

In a statement, Florida AD Scott Stricklin said, "As the [h]urricane's track has approached the state of Florida, it's become obvious that playing a football game is not the right thing to do. The focus of our state and region needs to be on evacuations and relief efforts." At this juncture, the contest is not expected to be rescheduled, as Florida and Northern Colorado do not share a common open date in which it could be played.
Thu, Sep 7, 2017 06:23:00 PM

Spectrum Sports' Zach Aldridge reports that more suspensions could be coming down the pike at Florida.

Florida has already suspended 10 players in relation to a misuse of school-issued funds. While Aldridge hears that more players could be receiving punishment, it is unclear if any additional suspensions would come before Saturday's opener against Michigan. As matters currently stand, the Gators will be without both their leading receiver (Antonio Callaway) and leading running back (Jordan Scarlett).
Thu, Aug 31, 2017 02:05:00 PM

Florida HC Jim McElwain said that his team is going to "beat the heck out of Michigan."

McElwain was speaking at a student rally when he made his little prediction. The Gators are 4.5-point underdogs for the contest, with the game set to kick off on Saturday, September 2, in Arlington, Texas.
Mon, Aug 21, 2017 01:38:00 PM

Florida awarded HC Jim McElwain a one-year contract extension.

McElwain's contract is now set to last through the 2022 season. He will also be receiving a slight raise, with his salary bumped from $4.27 million to $4.48 million. His first two seasons at Florida have seen the Gators rack up a 19-8 record. They have twice won the SEC East only to be wiped off the field by Alabama in each of those conference championship games -- by a combined 52 points.
Fri, Jun 16, 2017 04:14:00 PM

Florida coach Jim McElwain denied that he was the naked man humping a shark on a boat in a photo circulating online.

Deadspin published a story over the weekend revolving around a tweet that featured a naked McElwain-lookalike humping a dead shark on a boat. An agitated McElwain denied that the man was him at a Gator Club meeting on Tuesday. "Well, first and foremost, I don’t know who it is, but it isn’t me," he said. "In the world that we live, what is a story. I just know this: it isn’t me."
Source: Deadspin
Wed, May 10, 2017 03:55:00 PM

Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell pointed to Florida as having one of the more disappointing 2017 recruiting classes.

Still three weeks for the Gators to bring a little more bite, but they currently rank 18th in the country by Rivals standards. That lags behind in-state recruiting foes Miami (13) and Florida State (6). Should matters remain static, the 2017 stable would represent a slight step down from the No. 14 2016 class Jim McElwain brought to the table. While Florida does hold commitments from nine four-star recruits, there are no current five-stars on their ledger and they have just 15 pledges total. One name that could help salvage this class -- Aubrey Solomon. The five-star defensive tackle will visit Florida before National Signing Day.
Source: Rivals
Fri, Jan 13, 2017 04:28:00 PM

SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said the game between LSU and Florida "needs to be played."

Sankey appeared on CBS during the Tennessee vs. Texas A&M game and made it known he wants the game to be played. It was the only game in the state of Florida that was postponed last weekend, with fans from both sides blaming the other. The schools do not share a common "open" date, so some negotiating will have to take place.
Mon, Oct 10, 2016 09:42:00 AM