What Fred Taylor said about his son being scolded by Jim McElwain
One of the biggest stories in college football during Week 2 was the usually mild-mannered Jim McElwain blowing up on the sideline to Florida running back Kelvin Taylor, who was penalized for a throat slash penalty after a touchdown. You can hear the audio here.
Kelvin Taylor’s father, former University of Florida and NFL running back Fred Taylor, didn’t actually see it happen on the sideline, because he had already exited the stadium and left for Jacksonville.
But after seeing the video, what did his father think? Taylor jumped on the Dan Le Batard Show on ESPN Radio Monday to discuss McElwain’s actions.
“I thought it was a little bit of an overreaction, but I do understand coaching,” Taylor said.
Taylor continued: “He had his opportunity, and he punched one in. He got caught up in a celebration that his old man used to do. I throat slashed many times. I’ve even gotten fined for it. But he understands that he made, as coached called it, a selfish act.”
Although Taylor thought McElwain’s reaction to his son was a bit much, he added Kelvin has forgotten about it already.
“Yeah, I do think it was a bit much … My son, he’s forgotten about it, so I don’t think it’s a big deal.”
Kelvin also had a classy tweet on Sunday, saying he has nothing but respect for Coach McElwain.