Jim McElwain continues to dance around Oregon rumors
Florida coach Jim McElwain has been the king of coach speak the last few days.
When Oregon fired coach Mark Helfrich Tuesday night, McElwain immediately became a name of interest and the rumor mill took off from there. He has responded several times, saying things like the reports are “hot air,” that he “has a heck of a job,” and the Ducks’ opening “hasn’t crossed my mind.”
Yet, with every possible chance to convince media otherwise by shutting down any possibilities for an exit, McElwain has continued to leave a small door open.
McElwain on coaching rumors: "People can do whatever they want and say whatever they want. I know how excited I am to be a Gator."
— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) December 2, 2016
Once again, perfect opportunity to say “I will not be going to Oregon. I plan to coach at Florida for a long, long time.” https://t.co/YLLrtEh6tz
— FootballScoop Staff (@FootballScoop) December 2, 2016
McElwain could very well mean what he says — it’s clear that he’s “excited to be a Gator,” because he wouldn’t have accepted the job two years ago if he didn’t think coaching at UF was a good opportunity.
But actions speak louder than words, and it would be rather easy to squash the rumors quickly.
Wonder why he doesn’t?