Players at Florida, Alabama and elsewhere have long known Jim McElwain as “Coach Mac.” That might have a new meaning, according to a report.
Sources have told FootballScoop that McElwain is a candidate for the Central Michigan head coaching job. CMU fired coach John Bonamego after the team went 1-11 overall and 0-8 in the MAC this year.
McElwain, currently wide receivers coach at Michigan, is 44-28 as a head coach. He left Alabama to take the Colorado State job where he coached three seasons (2012-14) before landing the Florida job.
McElwain is the only coach in SEC history to make the SEC Championship Game in each of his first two seasons, but was fired midway through his third season at Florida. The Gators were 3-4 at the time of McElwain’s firing from UF, the result of the “death threats” scandal.
A return to Group of 5-level competition may prove to be a good fit for McElwain. CSU went from being a 4-8 in Year 1 under McElwain to finishing 10-3 in Year 3.