Jim McElwain has had a lot to deal with in the first few weeks of the college football season. And very little of it has had to do with on-the-field play.
The Gators had to cancel their game against Northern Colorado due to Hurricane Irma. Prior to that, there was the suspension of running back Jordan Scarlett, in addition to the previous suspension of Antonio Callaway.
On the field, McElwain named Feleipe Franks the starting quarterback for the Michigan game. But the offense struggled once again and the Gators looked overmatched against the Wolverines in a 33-17 loss.
As for the long term, it appears as if recruits are buying in. The Gators have the No. 1 overall class for the 2019 recruiting cycle. And after a monster July, the Gators have the No. 2 recruiting class in the SEC in the 2018 recruiting cycle and the No. 7 class in the country. The Gators even landed their biggest commitment of the McElwain era, 5-star quarterback Matt Corral.
Earlier in the offseason, McElwain received a raise and a contract extension through the 2023-24 season, and will earn $4.4 million in 2017. In his first two seasons, he has led the Gators to SEC East titles, but they have lost to Alabama in the SEC Championship Game both times. The offense also hasn’t gotten much better since the end of the Will Muschamp era.
McElwain has fared well in previous editions of SEC Country’s approval poll. McElwain finished with an 86.3 approval rating, but that puts him fifth among his counterparts.
The Gators host rival Tennessee on Saturday with a 3:30 p.m. kickoff on CBS.
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The SEC Country approval rating poll is designed to give an indication of fan happiness over a period of time.
Our formula is based on the percentage of respondents that select each answer. We multiply that percentage by the following factors: 1 (strongly approve), 0.67 (approve), 0.33 (disapprove) and 0.0 (strongly disapprove). In other words, if 50 percent of respondents select “strongly approve” and 50 percent select “approve,” the formula would be (50 x 1) + (50 x 0.67) = 83.5% approval rating.