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

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Florida awarded raises to four assistant coaches this offseason.
Gatorbait.net uncovered the raises through an open records request. Most notably, DC Geoff Collins saw his salary bump from $600,000 to $900,000. With the $150,000 retention bonus he received in February also factored in, he will make a hefty $1.05 million for the 2016 season. For reference's sake, ESPN revealed earlier on Monday that Baylor interim HC Jim Grobe will be making $1.25 million this season. In addition to Collins, co-DC Randy Shannon, OL coach Mike Shannon and DL coach Chris Rumph all received bumps on their contracts to varying degrees. Jul 25 - 3:27 PM

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Florida HC Jim McElwain told the SEC Network's Paul Finebaum, "I’m of the belief that this team’s record has already been shaped based on what they did from the day we got back from our bowl game a year ago."

"Not that there aren’t things that are going to go on in the season," McElwain said. "However, I do believe your destiny is a little bit based on the work that you’ve put in when no one’s looking." Florida -- who won the SEC East in 2015 -- is being pegged by the SEC media as runner-up to Tennessee in the division for 2016. And the vote wasn't close. Tennessee received a whopping 225 first-place ballots, compared to the Gators' 57 (Georgia rounded out the media's top three for the East with 45 votes). In McElwain's first season at the helm of Florida's ship, the team went an impressive 7-1 in-conference, reached the SEC Championship Game (where they were promptly smacked down by Alabama) and finished out with a 10-4 record.
Jul 21 - 2:46 PM

Three of the top candidates within Florida who might have had a chance at replacing departing AD Jeremy Foley withdrew their names from consideration.

Executive associate AD for internal affairs Chip Howard, executive associate AD for external affairs Mike Hill and executive associate AD for administration Lynda Tealer were all potential replacements for Foley, but the trio withdrew their names from consideration. In a statement, Florida spokesperson Steve McClain said, "Each of the internal people have made a decision not to pursue the athletic director position for their own individual reasons." Of note, while Florida has an eight-person committee tasked with determining the Gators' next athletic director, they are not utilizing a search firm.
Jul 1 - 1:27 PM

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.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 22 - 1:52 PM

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.
Source: ESPN.com
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.
Source: ESPN.com
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