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Florida cans McElwain after disastrous season

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Florida Gators have fried Head Coach Jim McElwain. This comes after the Gators were blown out by the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday in Jacksonville, Florida.

Defensive coordinator Randy Shannon will take over on an interim basis for the rest of the season. Shannon has previous head coaching experience with the Miami (Fla.) Hurricanes.

Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain looks on during the game between the Texas A&M Aggies and the Florida Gators
Jim McElwain looks on during the game between the Texas A&M Aggies and the Florida Gators (Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The offense has struggled this season under McElwain. He has shuffled through three different quarterbacks including Feleipe Franks, Notre Dame transfer Malik Zaire, and Luke Del Rio before he suffered a season-ending injury.

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The Gators are 3-4 this season. And they were defeated 42-7 on Saturday. It was the most lopsided loss in Gators history since a 44-0 game in 1982.

Shannon’s first shot as interim coach is Saturday against the Missouri Tigers. They do not return to The Swamp until November 18th against the UAB Blazers.

The 55-year-old also claimed that his family and his players were receiving death threats. However, once the administration pressed him on it, he couldn’t give a definitive answer.

He was 22-12 as the Gators’ head coach. Since Gary Andersen and Oregon State agreed to mutually part ways earlier this month, there’s been speculation that McElwain was the front-runner for that job.

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Shannon has been on the Gators Staff for the past three seasons — and this is his first season as defensive coordinator. He was 28-22 as the Hurricanes’ head coach from 2007 to 2010.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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