Published: Tue, October 31, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Jim McElwain out as Florida Gators football coach

Jim McElwain out as Florida Gators football coach

The Gators were blown out by Georgia on Saturday, 42-7, dropping the Gators to 3-4 on the year. Yesterday, rumors began to swirl about McElwain's future and Florida exploring the possibility of firing him with cause, and AD Scott Stricklin attempted to quiet them nearly immediately.

After word broke that Florida fired McElwain on Sunday morning, several Gators expressed dismay, frustration and confusion at not just the news itself, but learning about it on the internet.

5pm (ET) update Florida has now officially announced they are parting ways with Jim McElwain and that Randy Shannon will serve as interim head coach for the remainder of the season.

McElwain has acknowledged that he was brought to Gainesville, Florida, in December 2014 to "fix the offense" and that he has not been successful in getting consistent performances out of that oft-sputtering unit.

In any case, McElwain is out after compiling a 22-12 record (16-8 in the SEC) over the course of two and a half seasons.

"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.

McElwain got into hot water on Monday when he steered the answer to an innocuous question into a diatribe about the pressures players, coaches and their families face in the modern day, specifically mentioning that death threats had been made to someone in that group. In addition, his 19 wins (against eight losses) in 2015 and 2016 tied Steve Spurrier for the second-most in Gators history over a coach's first two campaigns.

Shannon takes over as interim head coach following a three-year stint on McElwain's staff as an associate head coach, defensive coordinator, and linebackers coach.

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