McElwain fired as Florida Gators football coach

Florida head football coach Jim McElwain was fired on Sunday after less than three seasons with the Gators. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

University of Florida football coach Jim McElwain has been fired after a bizarre week in which he claimed death threats were being made against his coaches, players and their families, and his team was routed 42-7 by Georgia on Saturday to fall below .500 entering November for the first time since 1986.

 

Multiple sources began reporting the news early Sunday afternoon. McElwain, 22-12 at Florida and 44-28 as a head coach, met with Florida administrators Sunday morning and informed his team after those meetings.

Defensive coordinator Randy Shannon, who coached Miami from 2007-2010, is likely to be named the interim coach.

Speculation on McElwain’s successor includes Iowa State coach Matt Campbell, Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen (the offensive coordinator for the Gators when they won two national championships in 2006 and 2008), Memphis coach Mike Norvell, Purdue coach Jeff Brohm and SMU coach Chad Morris.

McElwain guided the Gators to two SEC East titles, the first coach in history to win a division in his first two seasons. But UF was routed both times by Alabama in the SEC championship game, was 0-2 against rival Florida State and the Gators’ offense was anemic, despite his background as an offensive coordinator and quarterback coach.

This story is developing.

 

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