GAINESVILLE, Fla. - FACEBOOK: Follow Action Sports Jax
The Florida Gators have parted ways with football coach Jim McElwain after a bizarre week in which he told the media he was getting death threats -- and then lost to rival Georgia by 35 points.
McElwain, 55, was in his third season as Florida coach and won back-to-back SEC East titles before this season.
The Gators are 3-4 in 2017, including three straight losses. Two of the losses came by three points or less.
McElwain was trusted to fix the offense three years ago when he came to Gainesville from Colorado State. Before that, McElwain was a highly-regarded offensive coordinator at Alabama.
Despite this, Florida has struggled to move the ball on offense in 2017 and has been unable to develop a quarterback to lead the program.
We have learned that it is done. Jim McElwain is out at Florida.— Brent Martineau (@BrentASJax) October 29, 2017
McElwain did have some bad luck with suspensions and injuries this season. Action Sports Jax has learned that McElwain’s relationship with the administration was strained over the last year.
That was more clear this week when McElwain told the media his family had received death threats and then chose to not elaborate to school officials or the media.
The Gators, who are expected to formally address McElwain's firing on Monday, play at SEC rival Missouri on Saturday at noon.
Jim McElwain fired at Florida. 1st reported by @FootballScoop. Amount of buyout still TBA. DC Randy Shannon expected to be interim coach— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) October 29, 2017
© 2017 Cox Media Group.