Florida Football: Jim McElwain, Gators Reportedly Part Ways

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Jim McElwain and the Florida football program have reportedly agreed to part ways.

On Sunday morning, a report from FootballScoop said the two sides made the decision following the Gators’ lopsided 42-7 loss to the Georgia Bulldogs in Jacksonville on Saturday.

It marked the third loss in a row for Florida, which falls to 3-4 on the year.

Defensive coordinator Randy Shannon is expected to serve as the interim head coach.

Throughout the past 24 hours, there have been plenty of rumors regarding McElwain’s future with the program.

Some have stated McElwain could be fired with cause after making allegations regarding death threats against his family and players. Those allegations were never substantiated. As a result, firing McElwain with cause would allow the Gators to avoid paying his $12 million payout.

There’s no word on the agreement the two sides have made.

During his first two seasons in Gainesville, McElwain led the Gators to SEC East titles. Unfortunately, he was never able to get over the hump and his offense has been dreadful.

What could be next for the Gators? From The Read Optional:

What next? Scott Stricklin begins the search to hire his first football coach at the University of Florida. It’s anticipated Randy Shannon will step in as the team’s interim coach, if McElwain is fired during the season.

Stricklin’s list (all AD’s keep a running list of coaching candidates for such moments) includes all the typical names: His old buddy Dan Mullen (Striklin was Mullen’s boss at Mississippi State); UCF head coach Scott Frost; current ESPN employee Chip Kelly; Iowa State’s Matt Campbell; Memphis’ Mike Norvell.

We will update the story with more information regarding McElwain’s reported dismissal as it becomes available.

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