The Gators have lost three in a row to LSU, Texas A&M, and UGA after starting the season 3-1. The team has asked him to accept less than his $12.76 million buyout and relinquish his head coaching position, according to reports.
A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Florida is parting ways with coach Jim McElwain a day after a third consecutive loss and almost a week after he said players and families had received death threats.
Update: Source tells FootballScoop Randy Shannon is expected to serve as interim head coach.
Regardless of the outcome, McElwain's tenure will be remembered for failing to fix a floundering offense.
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Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin says the school has not had any conversations with embattled coach Jim McElwain or his representatives regarding a contract buyout.
However, McElwain won division titles in his first two seasons with Florida, becoming the first coach to do so since the conference went to a title-game format, and he was named the 2015 SEC coach of the year. Those 19 wins tied Steve Spurrier for the second-most victories by a Florida coach in his first two seasons.
McElwain got into hot water on Monday when he steered the answer to an innocuous question into a diatribe about the pressures players, coaches and their families face in the modern day, specifically mentioning that death threats had been made to someone in that group.
Shannon takes over as interim head coach following a three-year stint on McElwain's staff as an associate head coach, defensive coordinator, and linebackers coach.