GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Despite speculation that circulated on Friday, Jim McElwain said he doesn’t plan to leave Gainesville anytime soon.
On Friday, CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd spoke on “The Wake Up Zone” on 104.5 The Zone and speculated that Florida coach Jim McElwain may not have the desire to stay in Gainesville much longer due to the lack of respect from the fan base.
Dodd even went as far as to say McElwain could bolt from Florida and head to Oregon State.
McElwain quickly dispelled the rumor on Monday.
“It’s interesting. It’s that time of year,” McElwain said. “Those are things that people throw out.”
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It’s understandable why the rumor would come about. The Gators are 3-3 this season heading into the Gators’ matchup with No. 3 Georgia on Saturday and have once again struggled on the offensive side of the ball.
And now, McElwain said on Monday that there has been vitriol — even death threats — against players, coaches and their families.
McElwain, however, was quick to say that he doesn’t plan to leave any time soon.
He pointed to the strong push in recruiting — his 2018 class is currently sixth nationally and paces the SEC — as well as the bevy of underclassman playmakers he has been using this season.
“We’ve got a hell of a group coming in,” McElwain said. “We’re playing a lot of young guys right now that are playing pretty darn hard and I think have a chance to be really good players.”
As for responding specifically to the rumors, McElwain said “I haven’t given it any thought.”
“Our main focus is what we did in the bye week now moving forward to go play Georgia,” McElwain said.