Florida fans have been upset and disappointed by the lack of offense the team has played with. Social media shows many Gators fans questioning head coach Jim McElwain, and offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier. Many fans have even called for one, or both to be fired.
The coaching carousel hasn’t really gotten going, as only a few Power 5 openings have come available, and several of those spots have already been filled. USA Today reports that Oregon is leaning towards firing head coach Mark Helfrich after “laying the groundwork” for a coaching search.
In the same USA Today report, Dan Wolken weighs the potential candidates for Oregon. Surprisingly, Wolken included McElwain stating,
“There also are whispers that Florida’s Jim McElwain could be intrigued by the opportunity to return to the Pacific Northwest, close to where he went to college and started his coaching career at Eastern Washington. Despite winning SEC East titles in his first two years, McElwain has been a bit under-appreciated by the Florida fan base and just got a new athletics director in Gainesville.”
Well, Florida fans, if Wolken knows what he’s talking about, you may end up with a new coach like you hope.
McElwain is 18-7 in his two seasons as Florida’s head coach. McElwain is also the first SEC coach to earn back-to-back trips to the SEC Championship Game in his first two years. Florida faces Alabama in Atlanta on Saturday.
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Original USA Today Article From USA Today: Where we stand on college football coaching hires and firings