Published: Mon, October 30, 2017
Tech | By Constance Martin

Florida, Jim McElwain part ways; DC Randy Shannon named interim coach

Florida, Jim McElwain part ways; DC Randy Shannon named interim coach

The Gators were 22-12 during McElwain's tenure as head coach. As far as economics for McElwain go, in their release, UF noted "The two parties are now negotiating terms of separation".

In a move that seemed inevitable given the past week's events, Florida and coach Jim McElwain have "mutually agreed to part ways," the school announced Sunday afternoon.

McElwain reportedly told Spurrier, "No thanks".

If you haven't heard by now, McElwain was sacked as the Gators head coach on Sunday.

That was more clear this week when McElwain told the media his family had received death threats and then chose to not elaborate to school officials or the media. He coached two season with the Razorbacks before Jim McElwain hired him to become Florida's linebackers coach, co-defensive coordinator and associate head coach.

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Defensive coordinator Randy Shannon, who coached Miami from 2007-2010, is likely to be named the interim coach. Florida officials met with McElwain; afterward, UF released a statement that ended by saying McElwain would not provide additional information about the threats.

The move comes a day after Florida fell to SEC rival Georgia 42-7.

That would let Florida avoid paying the 55-year-old coach the full amount, $12.75 million, left on his contract.

McElwain won SEC East titles in each of his first two years with the program and became the first coach in league history to advance to the SEC Championship Game in his first two seasons, but he did so amid massive offensive struggles that he was brought in to correct following the four-year Will Muschamp debacle.

Possible candidates could include South Florida's Charlie Strong, Central Florida's Scott Frost, Iowa State's Matt Campbell, Memphis' Mike Norvell, SMU's Chad Morris and Syracuse's Dino Babers.

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