I’ve been doing this a long time and I feel comfortable in saying this: Never have I seen a coaching situation unravel as quickly as that of Jim McElwain at the University of Florida.
On Monday morning McElwain, who took Florida to the SEC championship game in each of his first two seasons as the head Gator, was simply having a disappointing season at 3-3. The Gator fans were not happy with the dreadful offense, which has not gotten better in three years. Count the four years of Will Muschamp and it’s seven years of bad offense at the school where Steve Spurrier used to coach.
Okay. The fans were not happy. But after two straight trips to Atlanta in 2015 and 2016 I just didn’t see a path where Florida would fire the guy.
But that was Monday.
By the time the sun was setting in Jacksonville on Saturday, and Florida was losing to Georgia 42-7, there was little doubt that McElwain was going to be fired in the next 24 hours.
Now reports have McElwain out before the end of his third season.
Crazy. Just crazy.
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