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Team: Florida Gators
Age / DOB:  (54) / 3/1/1962

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Florida appointed an eight-person search committee to help find its next athletic director.
Sometimes, a search firm is hired in cases such as Florida's, but they opted not to take that approach. Manny Fernandez -- a former Florida trustee -- will lead the committee's search. The Gators are looking to replace AD Jeremy Foley, who will be retiring on October 1. Foley is stepping aside after spending the past 25 years at his current position. Jun 22 - 1:52 PM

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Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley announced his retirement, effective October 1.

Foley has acted as the school's athletic director for the past 25 seasons. In that span, the Gators won numerous national championships in a variety of sports. In the school's release it states "Foley isn't sure what is next personally other than taking time to attend various music festivals he has missed over the years due to his hectic schedule." Jim McElwain exceeded expectations during his first season as coach.
Jun 13 - 10:02 AM

Florida AD Jeremy Foley indicated that a renewal of the Florida-Miami rivalry is unlikely.

Speaking with WRUF in Gainesville, Foley said, "No, I do not see them on our schedule on a regular basis. I think when you’re asking your football team to play eight games in this league and Florida State? That’s a tough slate." The Gators and Hurricanes have played just six games since the unofficial end of the series in 1987. They will face each other to kick off the 2019 season, but no other match-ups between the two teams have been scheduled.
May 31 - 2:19 PM

Florida gave HC Jim McElwain a $750,000 raise for winning the SEC East in 2015.

McElwain now nets $4.25 million annually, the best monetary number for any SEC East coach. In a statement, AD Jeremy Foley said, "We recognized early in Coach Mac's tenure that he totally changed the vibe around football for The Gator Nation and in the building." Foley went on to praise his efforts to create a blueprint for the future. While that $4.25 million should make babysitting QB/WR Treon Harris all the more palatable, McElwain has a ways to go before he can truly be lumped in with the big monetary shark of the conference. Alabama HC Nick Saban leads the lot of them, making $7 million annually.
Mar 25 - 12:55 PM

Florida HC Jim McElwain told ESPN that recruiting in the SEC is "a different world."

"No one, until you’re in it, it’s hard to explain to anybody," McElwain said, adding, "That was even part of putting our staff together. Guys that have been in this footprint are really important." The former Colorado State head coach did a nice job of beginning the process of gluing the Gator program back together with a 10-4 record for the 2015 campaign and the nation's No. 12 recruiting class (per ESPN's metrics) for the 2016 cycle. "We brought in 12 of our signing class, so half of our signing class is here for spring practice at some real need areas. That’s the exciting piece. Getting them here early, identifying who and getting them convinced to come," McElwain said.
Mar 3 - 11:42 PM

Florida HC Jim McElwain said of his first recruiting class with the Gators, "I kind of like how we’ve got something from a lot of the areas as far as within the state and not just focused on one central area."

Given that McElwain's previous head coaching gig came at Colorado State, his recruiting process in Florida's one that continues to evolve. Said McElwain, "We’ve still got a long ways to go, but we’ll continue to work [locking up the state] in all those area." He also addressed four-star DT Shavar Manuel's flip over to Florida State on National Signing Day, saying, "That’s a choice. That’s what it is." Rivals ranked Florida's as the No. 14 class in the country for this cycle.
Feb 7 - 2:04 PM

Florida and Georgia are expected to sign a contract extension with Jacksonville to continue their rivalry in the city, The Athens Banner-Herald reports.

The Gators and Bulldogs have met on the Jacksonville gridiron every season except for two since 1933. Stadium renovations in Jacksonville have held up the talks a bit, but since the contract expires this year, you can expect this deal to get hammered out quickly. Neither program wants to end this long-standing tradition.
Jan 19 - 4:49 PM

In Saturday's SEC Championship Game loss to Alabama, Florida failed to convert a third-down for the first time since 1999.

The Gators were 0-for-11 on third down. Longtime Florida fans might remember the last time the team likewise showed such ineptitude on third down. That would be in 1999's SEC Championship Game against, who else, Alabama.
Sat, Dec 5, 2015 10:34:00 PM

Florida is holding open tryouts for the kicker position.

Regular starting kicker Jorge Powell injured his leg in Saturday's 35-28 loss to LSU. Backup Austin Hardin (3-of-6 FGs on season, 16-of-17 XP) subsequently took over, but the Gators are apparently not content with having only Hardin available. Information about the potential opening for a walk-on kicker was posted by Gator Recruiting on Twitter.
Mon, Oct 19, 2015 05:03:00 PM

Florida and Miami are working on a deal to renew their rivalry beginning in 2019.

The proposed matchup would take place in Orlando at the newly-renovated Citrus Bowl. Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel reports that the deal "has not yet been signed." The Gators and Hurricanes have played only six times since 1988.
Wed, Oct 7, 2015 07:12:00 PM

Florida HC Jim McElwain was hired "to turn Florida’s sputtering offense back into the well-oiled machine it used to be under Meyer and Steve Spurrier," notes the Sport Quotient.

Incredibly, former coach Will Muschamp’s offenses never once in four years ranked higher than 10th in the conference in total offense. Fortunately, Florida's defense is quite good, so if McElwain can work his magic on offense, the school should quickly return to its familiar perch amongst the SEC's best teams. "McElwain’s got his work cut out for him in his first year in Gainesville, but lucky for him, the SEC East still isn’t that great," SQ noted.
Mon, Jun 8, 2015 07:36:00 PM

Jim McElwain has agreed to be Florida's head coach after the school cleared up buyout issues with Colorado State, according to Chris Low of ESPN.

The resolution has been expected for some time, however, McElwain's reported $7.5 million buyout did put things "on ice" for a bit. SO many that have dealt with Colorado State in recent years have praised McElwain for the way he has run the program. McElwain has an offensive background, the opposite of former Gators HC Will Muschamp, and has coached in the NFL along with being the offensive coordinator at Alabama. He helped produce a 22-16 record in the last three seasons at Colorado State.
Thu, Dec 4, 2014 10:18:00 AM

Reports from multiple media sources indicate Colorado State HC Jim McElwain could be introduced as Florida’s next head coach as early as Wednesday.

Florida Athletics Director Jeremy Foley is in Fort Collins, Colorado as we speak with a handful of lieutenants to meet with McElwain, discussions that have reportedly lasted for hours. It's thought that Foley is attempting to get CSU to reduce McElwain's $7.5 million buyout, though there are contradicting reports on the plausibility of that desire. The Coloradoan suggests the promise of a non-conference game between the schools could be one way to cut the upfront cash Florida would have to pay in order to obtain McElwain's release. In three seasons, McElwain, a former Alabama offensive coordinator under Nick Saban, has brought the Rams from three wins to 10-2.
Wed, Dec 3, 2014 12:44:00 AM

Multiple sources report that Colorado State’s Jim McElwain is the favorite to land the Florida head coaching job.

Yahoo! Sports' Pat Forde reported that McElwain and Florida AD Jeremy Foley discussed the gig on Saturday night, a conversation from which McElwain "emerged as a leading candidate for the Florida vacancy," Forde was told by "multiple sources." Brett McMurphy of reports the same, writing that McElwain has been "targeted as UF’s top candidate to replace Will Muschamp." After guiding the Rams to a 10-2 season, McElwain was named as the Mountain West’s Coach of the Year on Tuesday. He's a former Alabama offensive coordinator. "[NFL] scouts are impressed by McElwain’s ability to develop talent," Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel and Thayer Evans wrote in October, citing Weston Richburg and Crockett Gillmore as examples from last year.
Tue, Dec 2, 2014 06:05:00 PM

Colorado State HC Jim McElwain has earned admirers in NFL circles, according to Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel and Thayer Evans.

"Scouts are impressed by McElwain’s ability to develop talent," the duo writes, citing Weston Richburg and Crockett Gillmore as examples from last year. Offensive tackle Ty Sambrailo will likely be a day two selection, according to one NFL scout. "He’s done a hell of a job," the scout said. "He’s a great coach." McElwain does have NFL experience as the Raiders quarterbacks coach in 2006.
Wed, Oct 29, 2014 12:10:00 PM