It was definitely a bizarre’ and swift end last November to coach Jim McElwain’s brief tenure at the University of Florida. A coach that had actually won the SEC East in his first two seasons, became such a target of Gator fan venom for losing key games that he essentially was looking for any way possible to leave during his third season.
McElwain got his wish and was gone after a 22-12 tenure, but apparently, not gone for long from coaching.
Bruce Feldman, SI college football insider, broke the news Saturday night that McElwain may be on the Michigan coaching staff with Jim Harbaugh for 2018.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) February 11, 2018
Feldman went on to report that McElwain is specifically being considered for the receivers job in Ann Arbor. However, he doesn’t have the job locked up, because he also has some tough competition. That competition includes former Jets offensive coordinator Johnny Morton (also former NFL receiver), who has interviewed. Morton was also Harbaugh’s receivers coach while at Stanford.
As you likely know, McElwain essentially forced Florida and athletic director Scott Stricklin to negotiate his departure in and around their blowout loss in Jacksonville to Georgia. He even went to the extent of claiming “death threats” had been made against his family and bodily harm against his players.
Those claims were never substantiated by the coach to Gainesville University Police and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. And, it only adds to anger from many of the Gators faithful.
Florida still amazingly chose not to fight long term with their former coach over his remaining money on his deal and worked out a $7 million separation agreement with him. And, that apparently doesn’t have any conditions about McElwain taking another job in college football for 2018.
It had been thought, too that if McElwain did not take the year off from coaching to relax and recharge his batteries like many have done with a huge payout from a school, that he might get some role back with Nick Saban at Alabama. This is especially, after Saban’s offensive coordinator on their championship team, Brian Daboll, chose in January to go back to the NFL, as a coach.
McElwain was formerly Saban’s offensive coordinator before leaving to take the Colorado State head coaching job and then eventually, got the Gators gig.
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