GAINESVILLE, Fla.—Like everybody else, I knew things had gotten bad for Coach Jim McElwain at Florida when the Gators lost back-to-back home games to LSU (17-16) and Texas A&M (19-17) last October.

And it certainly didn’t help matters when McElwain claimed that death threats had been made against him and his family but then offered no help to the Gainesville Police to back up the claim.

But I didn’t know the full scope of the problem until I spoke to the Gainesville Quarterback Club on the Tuesday before the Georgia-Florida game in Jacksonville. When I arrived at the Gainesville Country Club, one of the heavy hitters, cocktail in hand, pulled me off to the side for a private conversation.

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