Jim McElwain is a head coach again. After being fired from Florida in the middle of the 2017 season, McElwain served as Michigan’s wide receivers coach this season. His time as an assistant didn’t last long, however, as Central Michigan chose to hire him to be its next head coach.
Meeting with the media Monday, McElwain was asked about the abrupt ending to his tenure at UF.
“It was a bad situation,” McElwain says in the short clip below. “It was something that, going through, there were a lot of things that went into it. You’ll understand, moving forward, we learned from those things. Do I wish I had maybe gone… seeked [sic] out some advice from people I worked with? Absolutely. But at the same time, it’s something that happened, and we’ve moved forward.”
On the Monday before last year’s Florida-Georgia game, McElwain referenced players and coaches receiving “death threats” as a result of poor play by the then-3-3 Gators. Considering that the comments led to McElwain’s dismissal, athletic department administrators would presumably say that the “bad situation” at Florida went well-beyond a self-inflicted scandal.
Central Michigan coach Jim McElwain on situation at the end of his tenure at Florida:
“It was a bad situation.” pic.twitter.com/DW23z1JdGw
— Evan Petzold (@EvanPetzold) December 3, 2018
Florida still owes McElwain $2.5 million of his $7.5 million buyout (negotiated down from $12.9 million). Payments are due to be made July 1, 2019 ($1 million), July 1, 2020 ($1 million) and July 1, 2021 ($500,000).