During a press conference on Monday, Florida head coach Jim McElwain stated that he and his players have started to receive death threats from fans due to the struggles on the field this season.
After SEC Country requested to speak to athletic director Scott Stricklin regarding the issues, the University Athletic Assocation provided the following:
“Per multiple requests following Coach Jim McElwain’s announcement that he, our players and families have received death threats, please attribute the following quote to UAA Spokesperson or Steve McClain.
“The University Athletic Association takes the safety of our student-athletes, coaches, staff and families very seriously. Our administration met with Coach McElwain this afternoon and he offered no additional details.”
While McElwain would not comment on whether or not his family had received death threats, he did say the following:
“It’s when it’s directed toward your players, when it’s directed towards families, wives, that kind of the thing. And yet, at the same time, they know what they signed up for as well and that’s part of the business.”
No players who spoke after McElwain said they have received death threats, but one, linebacker Kylan Johnson, admitted he has heard things been said.
“It’s kind of hard to avoid it because it’s all on social media, but you’ve just got to ignore it and just stay positive.”