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Team: Central Michigan Chippewas
Age / DOB:  (56) / 3/1/1962

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Central Michigan hired Jim McElwain as head coach.
This isn't too much of a surprise as he emerged as a "strong candidate" for the job a couple of days ago. McElwain was most recently Michigan's receivers coach after flaming out as Florida's head coach. He also coached at Colorado State from 2012-2014. His full coaching record is 44-28 and he only had one losing season prior to getting fired in 2017. As with all programs, it's tough to make an immediate impact due to scouting but with Central Michigan coming off a 1-11 record it's hard to be a whole lot worse. Dec 2 - 12:28 PM

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Football Scoop's Scott Roussel reports that Michigan WR coach Jim McElwain "has emerged as a strong candidate for the head coaching position at Central Michigan."

According to Roussel, CMU is hoping to make a big splash with their coaching hire after parting ways with John Bonamego this past weekend. McElwain would fit that bill, at least on a name level. He flamed out at Florida before taking a job on staff under UM HC Jim Harbaugh this past winter. Former Oklahoma DC Mike Stoops and Oklahoma State OC Mike Yurcich are two other names that have surfaced as possible candidates, here. Roussel passes along that Central Michigan AD Michael Alford wants a speedy resolution to this coaching search, so it would not be a huge surprise if we start to see some serious smoke around McElwain (or whomever) by the end of the weekend.
Nov 29 - 9:49 PM

Michigan hired former Florida HC Jim McElwain to serve as wide receivers coach.

McElwain's addition to the UM staff was first reported as in the works early in February, with the coach confirming it on Saturday and the team making the official announcement on Tuesday. While he has been named receivers coach, it's possible that his duties may extend beyond the boundaries of the position group. Sports Illustrated's Bruce Feldman reported on Friday that he could potentially see some of the work typically handled in an offensive-coordinating role. McElwain's time in two-plus years at Florida failed to yield much of an offense outside of a brief spark kindled with Will Grier prior to Grier being suspended for PED use, but he should not be judged solely on that stint -- he found plenty of offensive success as head coach at Colorado State -- and we like what he brings to the table in a secondary role for Michigan.
Feb 20 - 1:24 PM

Jim McElwain has told ESPN's Chris Low that he has joined the Michigan coaching staff.

"I'm excited to get back into it and am looking forward to going there and learning and helping Michigan get better," McElwain told Low. He replaces Dan Enos, who left the Wolverines to join the Alabama coaching staff. Bruce Feldman reported on Friday that McElwain could have offensive coordinator duties as part of his new role. He's been a head coach for both Colorado State and Florida, and he has a career win-loss record of 44-28.
Source: ESPN
Feb 17 - 9:44 PM

Bruce Feldman of Sports Illustrated reports that Jim McElwain has been offered a job on Michigan's staff.

Feldman reports that the offer would have McElwain working with the wide receivers, and could include offensive coordinator duties. He also notes that he could join the Michigan staff as soon as next week. He interviewed for the position earlier in the month, and it quickly came out that the interview went well and that he was a "strong candidate" to join the staff. McElwain has been a head coach at both Colorado State and Florida, with a career record of 44-28. He was let go by the Gators in October.
Feb 16 - 7:49 PM

Multiple outlets are reporting that Jim McElwain is a strong candidate to become the new WR coach at Michigan.

McElwain reportedly interviewed for the position last week, and with Toledo offensive coordinator Brian Wright no longer a candidate, it appears that he is at the top of the class, if he wasn't already. He would replace Dan Enos, who left the Wolverines to join the Alabama staff. McElwain was fired by Florida in late October with a record of 22-14 in his two-plus years with the Gators.
Feb 11 - 1:03 PM

Multiple outlets are reporting that former Florida HC Jim McElwain has interviewed for a position at Michigan.

Additionally, it appears that former LSU OC Cam Cameron has also applied for the spot vacated when Dan Enos turned tail on the Wolverines in favor of Alabama in late January. McElwain was fired by Florida in late October. He posted a 22-14 record in his two-plus years with the Gators. While his offenses in Gainesville left much to be desired, he should not be considered a lost cause. We think he would be a sharp fit with the Wolverines, a team desperate for a boost on the offensive side of the ball.
Source: 247Sports
Feb 9 - 3:44 PM

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

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