JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jim McElwain’s Florida Gators had just lost 42-7 to the No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday night.
After shaking hands with Georgia coach Kirby Smart and congratulating a slew of other Bulldogs coaches and players, McElwain walked back toward his sideline where he met with his wife Karen and son Jerret.
He gave both a hug, and walked off the field and toward his locker room hand-in-hand with his wife with a smile.
“She told me to keep my chin up,” McElwain told reporters after the game. “And that’s something my Dad used to tell me.”
Fans took to social media to question why McElwain would be smiling following the loss. McElwain very well could be fired soon because of the loss coupled with the death-threat comments earlier in the week that he provided little detail about to reporters and his administration. ESPN reported during the game that Florida administrators are trying to see if they can fire McElwain with cause, which means the Gators would not be responsible for McElwain’s buyout.
McElwain explained that he took the situation seriously and understood the magnitude of the loss. While he didn’t delve into details about his job security, his body language and somber tone pointed to a man who could tell that his fate with the Florida football program has essentially been sealed.
“It doesn’t do you any good to hang your head, just like I told our guys,” McElwain said. “I’ve never been about good looks. So I apologize for that, I guess.”