Jim McElwain has done an incredible job at Colorado State the past few seasons, even leading them a 10-2 season this year. His hard work looks to be paying off, with Florida’s athletic director Jeremy Foley scheduled to meet with McElwain today.
This would be a great move for the Gators, who have struggled the past few seasons. Jim McElwain is use to coaching in the SEC, with him being the former offensive coordinator at Alabama from 2008-2011.
Colorado State was McElwain first job as a head coach, and he’s done a great job improving every season. The Rams went 4-8 in his first season, and followed that up with a 8-6 record last year. Overall in his three seasons he’s posted a 22-16 record. He turned the Rams offense into a powerhouse, averaging 498 yards per game, which is 13th best in the country.
McElwain was named the Mountain West Conference coach of the year on Tuesday.
Florida is looking to replace Will Muschamp, who was fired in November. The Gators offense has been abysmal this season, with the team being ranked 90th in total offense, which is surprisingly the best under Muschamp.
I think that Florida fans want to make a bigger splash than McElwain, but I think he would be a great hire. I do think that it will take him a few years to build the program back up, so Florida fans should get use to mediocrity for a few more years no matter who they hire.