Report: Jim McElwain expected to get substantially less than his $12.9 million buyout
Florida AD Scott Stricklin said that the university and Jim McElwain have an agreement in principle but that it isn’t signed yet.
Furthermore, college football insider Brett McMurphy reported that McElwain may only get $4 million of his owed $12.9 million buyout because he didn’t disclose the death threats to university officials.
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McMurphy reported the news on his Facebook account:
Last Monday, McElwain made the comments that kicked everything off, saying that he, his family and his players have received death threats.
“I think it’s a pretty good lesson for the way things are,” McElwain said. “There’s a lot of hate in this world. A lot of anger, and yet, it’s freedom to show it. The hard part is, obviously, when the threats are against your own players. Death threats to your families. The ill-will that’s brought upon out there, and yet, I think it’s really a pretty good testament to what’s going on out there nationally. A lot of angry people. In this business, we’re the ones who you take the shots at, and that’s the way it is.”
Following those comments, the university all but threw McElwain under the bus with its statement.
“The University Athletic Association takes the safety of our student-athletes, coaches, staff and families very seriously,” read a UAA statement released to multiple media outlets. “Our administration met with Coach McElwain this afternoon, and he offered no additional details.”
Stricklin said that Florida’s search for its next head coach will begin Monday morning.