Florida Fires Head Coach Jim McElwain

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Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin says the school has not had any conversations with embattled coach Jim McElwain or his representatives regarding a contract buyout. Multiple outlets were reporting earlier on Sunday that McElwain was meeting with Florida officials.

That apparently reached a breaking point on Saturday in the midst of an embarrassing loss (on a neutral site) and word of McElwain's departure comes on the heels of some rumors that the Florida brain trust could be looking to fire the head coach for cause to avoid paying his substantial buyout.

Defensive coordinator Randy Shannon will serve as interim head coach.

At a press conference Sunday night, Stricklin said he wanted to see the Florida offense become "fun again". "We are confident Coach Shannon will provide the proper guidance to the players and rest of staff during this time, and we will begin a national search for the next head coach".

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McElwain got into hot water on Monday when he steered the answer to an innocuous question into a diatribe about the pressures players, coaches and their families face in the modern day, specifically mentioning that death threats had been made to someone in that group.

After being throttled, 42-7, by No. 3 Georgia Saturday, Florida fell to 3-4 and 3-3 in SEC play.

McElwain led the Gators to an SEC East title in each of his first two seasons, with a 22-12 record including this year. In addition, his 19 wins (against eight losses) in 2015 and 2016 tied Steve Spurrier for the second-most in Gators history over a coach's first two campaigns.

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