The University of Florida and head football coach Jim McElwain have “mutually agreed to part ways,” athletic director Scott Stricklin announced Sunday evening.
The news comes just one day after Florida’s 42-7 blowout loss to SEC East rival Georgia and on the heels of McElwain’s comments this past week, in which he stated players and family members had received death threats.
Defensive coordinator and former Miami Hurricanes head coach Randy Shannon has been named the program’s interim head coach.
“We want to thank Coach McElwain for his efforts in leading the Gator football program,” Stricklin said, via Florida’s team website. “We are confident Coach Shannon will provide the proper guidance to the players and rest of staff during this time and we will begin a national search for the next head coach.”
McElwain, 55, led Florida to back-to-back SEC East titles in his first two seasons in Gainesville but was unable to get a win against Alabama in consecutive SEC Championship Games.
“This is more than just wins and losses,” Stricklin said, via ESPN. “I’ll leave it at that.”
The Gators fell to 3-4 on the season following their third consecutive conference loss on Saturday and consistently struggled on the offensive side of the ball during their three seasons under McElwain.
Prior to his arrival in Gainesville, McElwain led Colorado State to a 22-16 record over the course of three seasons.
— Jim McElwain (@CoachMcElwain) October 29, 2017