Jim McElwain did the unthinkable in his first season as the head coach of the Florida Gators: He led UF to its first SEC Championship appearance since 2009.
McElwain is the third coach in the SEC to lead his team to a divisional title in Year 1. Auburn’s Gus Malzahn did it in 2013 and LSU’s Les Miles did it back in 2005. That means McElwain is the first coach to ever win the SEC East in his first season in the division.
If Florida wins the SEC Championship game, the Gators would accomplish a first in program history: winning the SEC in a new coach’s first year with the team.