Report: Florida administrators weighing options to fire Jim McElwain
The lopsided score in Jacksonville is leading Florida administrators to discuss whether to fire Jim McElwain, sources told ESPN in a report on Saturday.
Sources told ESPN that they believe the university has enough cause to fire McElwain without having to pay his buyout, which is $12.9 million. Sources also said that if McElwain were to be relieved of his duties, defensive coordinator Randy Shannon would be asked to be the team’s interim coach.
Matt Hayes earlier this week reported that McElwain’s comments merely latest reason to start the clock on an exit.
McElwain on Monday said Florida players and family members have received death threats, but has since failed to detail any substantive claims of the examples. The discussions are reportedly around the allegations and if that’s enough to relieve the university from paying McElwain’s full buyout if he were fired.
A few hours after McElwain’s comments on the death threats, the University Athletic Association at Florida released a statement that said McElwain, “offered no additional details” to his claims when asked by school officials.