Gators Release McElwain Effective Immediately
The fallout from the 42-7 loss to Georgia is as embarrassing a defeat as the program has had in years, and while Florida was getting eviscerated, reports leaked that UF was mobilizing to renegotiate McElwain’s buyout or perhaps fire him with cause due to his withholding of information about those alleged death threats, which would be a lucky break for UF.
Overall, McElwain’s team frustrated by looking like a barely upgraded version of a Will Muschamp team. As SB Nation broke down before the 2017 season began, McElwain was buffeted by his record in close games, something that tends to be far less statistically sustainable than we like to believe when our coaches are winning big.
Not that the Gators really won big. Despite McElwain’s decades of experience on the offensive side, Florida finished No. 100 or worse in scoring in his first two seasons, with 2017 not looking much better. For a fan base largely raised on Steve Spurrier and Urban Meyer, that ain’t gonna cut it, even when some of those early QB issues were beyond his control.
On top of all that, he was a somewhat weird cultural fit all along. He has deep connections to the Northwest, and he’s had some awkward (to say the least) run-ins with bright-light media. There was also that time he got #actuallymad about an internet joke involving a shark, and LSU players got to clap back at him by using his own words.
According to ESPN, athletics director Scott Stricklin — who came from Mississippi State in September 2016 — asked McElwain to step down and accept a figure less than the $12.76 million buyout stipulated in his contract in a meeting on Sunday.