The University of Florida and coach Jim McElwain have agreed to part ways a day after a third consecutive loss and nearly a week after he said his players and their families had received death threats.
Georgia’s 42-7 victory over Florida on Saturday marked the Bulldogs’ largest margin of victory over the Gators since 1982.
On Sunday, Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin named defensive coordinator Randy Shannon the team's interim coach for the final four games.
The parties are negotiating McElwain's $12.5 million buyout.
Florida (3-4, 3-3 Southeastern Conference), which is still paying former coach Will Muschamp, would like to significantly reduce McElwain's sum and could use his actions over the last week as leverage.
Here’s a look at the social media reaction to McElwain’s departure: Tap here if you’re viewing this story on the 10News app.
Editor's Note: The Associated Press contributed to this story.
Jim McElwain's record at Florida through 34 games was 22-12, the exact same record as former coach Will Muschamp in his 1st 34 games.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 30, 2017
Florida averaged 25.28 points per game under Will Muschamp.
The Gators scored 23.09 points per game under McElwain.— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) October 29, 2017
McElwain led Florida to SEC Championship Game berths in his 1st 2 years, the only coach to accomplish that since game was instituted in 1992 https://t.co/cDYM5L7lui— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 29, 2017
$13 million: Cost to UF to make change from Muschamp to McElwain, 2nd most costly change in history (#1 is ND from Weis to Kelly, $20M+).— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) October 29, 2017
If Jim McElwain gets the $ from the rest of his contract, the entire McElwain experiment (includes salary + buyouts) will come to over $40M.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) October 29, 2017
You know what's kind of nuts? Less than a month ago, Jim McElwain was 16-3 in the SEC.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) October 30, 2017
It is difficult to remember a day in recent SEC history when this many head coaching positions are hanging by a thread.— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) October 28, 2017
Gotta love finding these things out through twitter.... a heads up would’ve been nice— Luke Del Rio (@Ldelrio12) October 29, 2017
I’m confused ¯\_( ˘͡ ˘̯)_/¯— Josh Hammond (@J_Hammond10) October 29, 2017
When you hear Jim McElwain gets fired before Butch Jones pic.twitter.com/AVg8T5aywh— Miller (@WCS_Miller) October 29, 2017
Jimbo Fisher after hearing Jim McElwain was fired pic.twitter.com/u0e7l6Gqd9— The Eggplant (@eggplantFSU) October 29, 2017
Miami is 7-0.
Randy Shannon is coaching the Gators.
Jimbo Fisher just got blown out by BC.
This is crazy, even by Florida standards.— #DaHale (@DavidHaleESPN) October 29, 2017
A live look at the Florida Gators football season: pic.twitter.com/hi1OHoE40Z— J. Bandit (@mikebiana) October 28, 2017
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