The University of Florida Gators athletic director Jeremy Foley has been in talks with Colorado State’s head coach Jim McElwain about the head coaching position at UF now that coach Will Muschamp has officially stepped down.
Muschamp officially stepped down as head coach following the Gators loss to rival Florida State, finishing the Gators regular season with a record of 6-5. Muschamp has stated he will not serve as head coach for whatever bowl game that the Gators may find themselves in.
The Muschamp era was once filled with a lot of promise for the Gators when it first started, and it peaked in his second season when the Gators lost just 2 games on the year.
The following year however, the Gators missed a bowl game for the first time a decades, and finished with just 4 wins on a rough season that included a loss to FCS school, Georgia Southern. The Gators struggles continued this season, which led to Muschamp announcing his stepping down following a loss to the South Carolina Gamecocks in overtime after having a field goal and punt blocked in the 4th quarter that gave South Carolina a chance to tie the game.
Jim McElwain is largely considered to be the Gators top pick to replace Muschamp.
McElwain has head coached Colorado State to a 22-16 record over his 3 seasons as head coach, which includes a 10-2 record this season. Colorado State has improved noticeably in every season that McElwain has served as head coach.
McElwain would also not be completely caught off guard if he comes into the SEC as a head coach, as he served as Alabama’s offensive coordinator before.
The University of Florida Gators are looking for an offensively minded coach that can help the Gators reach their offensive potential and bring out the best in young quarterback Treon Harris.
Jim McElwain would definitely fit the bill of an offensive minded coach that should be able to help turn the struggling offense around. In addition, the defense still has the pieces to succeed in the immediate future.
All signs point to the Gator’s getting their man.