Every Sunday morning, ESPN tries to put Paul Finebaum on the therapy couch during an episode of SportsCenter to try to get him to say something nice about someone in college football.
That person was embattled Florida coach Jim McElwain this week. And “Paulie Positive” failed the mission once again.
“Florida is a dumpster fire right now,” Finebaum said when asked to give his thoughts on the Jim McElwain and the Gators during the comical segment. “This guys is a dead man walking.”
Finebaum was scolded immediately for not being nice, so he tried his best to says something positive about McElwain after a 42-7 loss to Georgia in Jacksonville on Saturday afternoon.
“He is a very nice man. He’s from Montana. He’s a cool guy to talk to, but not much of a coach right now. He’s not a bad coach, but he’s getting his brains beat in.”
Pressed by the show host further to be more positive about McElwain’s coaching in particular, Finebaum offered another lukewarm effort.
“Yesterday they did score a late touchdown,” he said sarcastically. “Georgia had its, like, 19th string in, but they did score a late touchdown.”
While this segment was mostly for entertainment purposes, Finebaum did offer a more serious take on the McElwain situation earlier in the morning. Finebaum indicated that he believes Tennessee coach Butch Jones actually is on better footing in Knoxville than McElwain is in Gainesville.
Both coaches appear to be hanging on to their jobs by a thread.