Former Florida coach Jim McElwain hasn’t been in the news much since parting ways with the Gators toward the end of the 2017 season, but he’s had significant conversations behind closed doors.
That’s according to a report from TideSports.com’s Aaron Suttles, who says McElwain has spoken to Alabama coach Nick Saban about the Crimson Tide’s opening at offensive coordinator.
Saban is looking for a replacement for Brian Daboll, who bolted after just one year to take the same position with the Buffalo Bills.
McElwain parted ways with Florida after failing to show proof he received death threats during the 2017 season. The Gators were coming off back-to-back SEC East titles under his leadership before things spiraled out of control.
While his past in Gainesville might be a red flag, McElwain has an edge that many others up for this position will not have: He already has worked for Saban. McElwain was Alabama’s offensive coordinator and quarterback coach from 2008-11 before leaving Tuscaloosa to take the Colorado State job.
McElwain isn’t the only former SEC coach that Saban has talked to for this opening, per TideSports.com. Former Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze was reportedly in the Alabama football building on Monday to discuss the position.
There’s no telling what Saban will do with this hire, but he could be looking to add some stability. The next play caller will be his fourth in three seasons (Daboll, Steve Sarkisian and Lane Kiffin).