Tag: Florida Gators

Dear Coach McElwain, good riddance

Don’t let the door hit ya…………

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — After a tumultuous week capped by a 42-7 loss to No. 3 Georgia, third-year Florida coach Jim McElwain parted ways with the program Sunday with four weeks left in the 2017 regular season.

Football Scoop was the first to report the news.

According to The Gainesville Sun’s Robbie Andreu, the players have been informed of the decision.

Following the loss on Saturday, McElwain seemed resigned to the fact that his future at Florida was over. The 55-year-old coach from Missoula, Mont., spoke in a relatively monotone voice while essentially reflecting on his tenure with the Gators.

“Nothing in this world surprises me,” McElwain said. “I know what I was brought here to do.”

McElwain was hired in December 2014 to fix the Gators’ maligned offense after four years of struggles under Will Muschamp and bring Florida back to national relevance.

His first two years showed promise, with the Gators reaching the SEC Championship Game in both seasons — a feat that had never been accomplished.

However, the offensive problems that had plagued the team before his arrival continued. Florida finished the 2015 and 2016 seasons respectively ranked 112th and 116th nationally in yardage. The Gators are 113th nationally this season in total offense, averaging 336.6 yards per game.

What a great start he got off to, winning his first six games, but the offenses bogged down, and never got any rhythm for whatever reason. They would look great, then lose the momentum. OC Doug Nussmeier was terrible, his play calling was too predictable, and he seemed unaware that throwing downfield is allowed. Every once in a while he would find a good rhythm, only to stop showing any imagination, McElwain should have ditched him last season, and found someone capable. We kept hearig about getting the ball to our playmakers, and we actually did that early this season, but time and again, we fell back into neutral, and looked inept.

I could go on and on, but time to find the next coach, SEC Nation has the leading candidates

Chip Kelly, former Oregon and San Francisco 49ers head coach

Florida fans want points, and they want them now. Kelly has been spending this season in the broadcast studio after a failed one-year run in San Francisco, but everyone is still well aware of the work he did at Oregon from 2007-12.

Scott Frost, UCF head coach

The former Nebraska quarterback would most likely choose the Cornhuskers over the Gators if both options were on the table, but he’s been doing excellent work down the road from Gainesville. Florida surely has Frost on its short list.

Charlie Strong, South Florida head coach

Strong led the Gators defense from 2003-09 and had kept USF out of the “L” column all season until a Saturday loss to Houston. Once one of the game’s most coveted coordinators, his ugly stint at Texas has slightly sullied his personal brand.

Matt Campbell, Iowa State head coach

Campbell has successfully brought MACtion to the Big 12. He led Toledo to a pair of division titles in 2014 and 2015 and has now dragged a long-dormant Iowa State program into the Top 25 for the first time in 12 years.

Mike Norvell, Memphis head coach

A pair of Top-25 upsets and a flashy passing offense have put Memphis back on the national radar. The 36-year-old Norvell only has one-and-a-half years of head coaching experience, but he’s going to find himself on plenty more of these types of lists if the Tigers continue winning.

Joe Moorhead, Penn State offensive coordinator

Penn State has been the country’s “it” program over the past 12 months, and Moorhead’s work with the Nittany Lions offense has been a key factor in that success. His only head coaching stop was at Fordham (his alma mater) from 2012-15.

Brent Venables, Clemson defensive coordinator

If the Gators aren’t set on an offensive-minded candidate, Venables deserves a call. His Clemson defenses have been strong since he arrived in 2012, and he served on Bob Stoops’ Oklahoma staff for 13 seasons before that.

I think the job wil go to one of those. Strong has ties to Florida, and two championship rings as the DC. Kelly is the sexy pick, and would no doubt revive the offense. Frost is the hot young coach, with Norvell, Moorhead and Campbell not too far behind. the rest of the list are real long shots in my view.

IfI were asked to rank them, I would have Kelly first followed by Frost, Norvell, Stong, Moorhead, Campbell, with Venables trailing, mainly because he is a defensive guy.

Whoever gets the gig has to win and soon, He will have the talent, but a very impatient fan base to deal with. Retooling the offense will be the focus with Gator fans.

Gators thump the Dawgs 27-3

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Have you kicked your Bulldog today?

Atlanta is 331 miles from Gainesville, but it’s looking awfully close right about now.

Kelvin Taylor rushed for 121 yards and two touchdowns, Antonio Callaway caught a 66-yard scoring pass and the Florida defense swarmed all over Georgia and its first-time starting quarterback, forcing five turnovers in a 27-3 smashing Saturday at EverBank Field that placed the 11th-ranked Gators in total command of the Southeastern Conference East Division.

In winning a second straight in the storied 95-game rivalry for the first time in five years, Florida (7-1, 5-1) needs only to defeat Vanderbilt next week or South Carolina a week later to clinch its first SEC Championship Game berth since 2009.

With the victory, the Gators matched their win total of last season on Halloween night — with at least four games remaining — and has been eliminated from nothing relative to the big picture of the 2015 college football season.

Gators rout FSU, advance to College World Series

Suck it Seminoles!

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Behind three RBI apiece from junior Harrison Bader and freshman JJ Schwarz and a total of four homers, No. 3 Florida (49-16) punched its ticket to the NCAA College World Series with an 11-4 triumph over No. 10 Florida State (44-21) to complete a sweep of the NCAA Gainesville Super Regional on Saturday at McKethan Stadium. UF had defeated the Seminoles in Friday night’s opener by a 13-5 score.

The Gators have now posted a season-high nine wins in a row. Senior left-hander Bobby Poyner (5-2) twirled five shutout innings in his final home appearance to collect the victory.

The victory secured the Gators’ ninth trip to the CWS (1988, 1991, 1996, 1998, 2005, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015) and marks the program’s fourth trip to Omaha in the past six years under eighth-year head coach Kevin O’Sullivan. UF will face No. 8 Miami (49-15) at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha next Saturday in the opening round of the double-elimination event. The start time will be announced on Monday night by the NCAA following the completion of Super Regionals.

Go Gators!!

Colordao State Head Coach Jim McElwain leading candidate for Gators job

Via Fightin’ Gators

Three days after Florida’s regular season and Will Muschamp’s time as head coach ended, reports continue to surface linking Colorado State coach Jim McElwain to the Florida job.On Tuesday afternoon, ESPN’s Brett McMurphy tweeted that Jim McElwain has become the top candidate for the Florida job. The Colorado State coach’s name first came up on Sunday when Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports listed him as “a top candidate,” but the differential to “the top candidate” is a significant one.

Forde reported on Tuesday afternoon that there was a jet en route from Gainesville to Fort Collins, home of Colorado State and McElwain. Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley is expected to meet with McElwain on Tuesday afternoon.

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Named the Mountain West Conference’s coach of the year on Tuesday, McElwain has turned the Rams into an offensive powerhouse. Colorado State averages 498 yards per game (13th best in the nation), while boasting the nation’s second-most efficient quarterback inGarrett Grayson and the top receiver by yards per game (149.1) and touchdowns (17) in Rashard Higgins.

Before taking over Colorado State, McElwain, a Montana native, was Alabama’s offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach from 2008 through 2011

McElwain is in his third season coaching the Rams and has led them to a 10-2 record, dropping their regular season finale to Air Force on Sunday. The 52-year-old was named the Mountain West Coach of the Year of Tuesday and many of his offensive players received first team honors by the league.\

McElwain has a large buy out $7.5 million, but, for program like Florida, that is not a real obstacle. Football Scoop, citing sources at Florida say the Gators AD Jeremy Foley will offer McElwain the position. It also reports that current defensive coordinator D J Durkin would likely keep that job under McElwain.

Foley and McElwain, per sources, are in agreement that it would be best for Florida football to retain defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin and defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson at a minimum

Ole Miss Coach Hugh Freeze rumored to have offer from Florida

Have the Gators found their man?

Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze is considering an offer to coach at the University of Florida for a base salary in the range of $4.2 to $4.3 million annually, according to multiple sources.

Additional sources confirm the Rebels are attempting to compete with the Gators’ offer, pushing Freeze’s salary to somewhere near the $4 million range to take compensation out of the question in a potential decision by Freeze between the two schools.

 Freeze is finishing the third year of a four year contract that pays him $3 million annually, and has twice been extended. Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork has previously stated that the university was in the process of renegotiating Freeze’s contract during the 2014 season but not expected to complete the process until the end of the year.

The 45-year-old Freeze has risen through the coaching ranks quickly, having compiled a 24-14 record in three seasons with the Rebels after one year as head coach Arkansas State. Freeze’s first position at the collegiate level was as an assistant at Ole Miss under Ed Orgeron in 2005.

Well, he is an impressive candidate, and on offensive guy, who can hopefully return the Gators to elite status quickly. If he can get Ole Miss going, I like his chances to get the Gators back in the National Title picture quickly. He has denied any contact with Florida AD Jeremy Foley, but, we all know many coaches have played that game.