Florida fires Jim McElwain

Florida fires Jim McElwain

McElwain's departure comes the day after the Gators were blown out by Georgia 42-7 and six days after McElwain stunned the athletic department - and just about everyone else - with his unsubstantiated claims of death threats being made to players and families.

Florida third-year head football coach Jim McElwain was sacked Sunday less than a week after said he, his family and his players received death threats and then couldn't substantiate them with athletic director Scott Stricklin.

Florida defensive coordinator Randy Shannon was reportedly promoted to interim head coach.

"We want to thank Coach McElwain for his efforts in leading the Gator football program", said Stricklin. As far as economics for McElwain go, in their release, UF noted "The two parties are now negotiating terms of separation".

University of Florida athletic officials met with head football coach Jim McElwain Sunday and asked the coach to accept a smaller buyout following a lopsided loss to Georgia, ESPN reported.

The inability to find a quarterback has been the downfall of the last two Florida coaches, with Will Muschamp and McElwain both failing to recruit and develop a quarterback in Gainesville.

The Florida Gators are scheduled to meet with Jim McElwain on Sunday concerning a buyout agreement.

McElwain won 22 games and two Southeastern Conference Eastern Division titles (2015, 2016) during his tenure at the University of Florida.

In addition to the substandard on-field play, nine Florida players are serving suspensions for their actions involving credit-card fraud. I get it. We've won a few games, but we haven't won enough; haven't won a championship.

SC will face the Florida Gators in two weeks with an interim head coach. "And I take full responsibility for all of it, no doubt".

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