Florida quarterback Luke Del Rio was injured during the second half of the Gators’ contest with North Texas on Saturday night.
And to say Gators coach Jim McElwain was upset about it is likely an understatement. The second-year Florida coach was livid as his starting quarterback was on the ground in pain. His anger appeared to be directed at North Texas coach Seth Littrell, who appeared to take a few steps towards midfield before changing his mind.
— Only Gators .com (@onlygators) September 18, 2016
While a coach never likes to lose their cool in the heat of the moment, McElwain has drawn praise from Gators fans and objective observers for the way he stuck up for his team. Here’s a look at some internet reaction to McElwain’s actions:
Props to Coach McElwain for sticking up for his players! Prayers for Del Rio on a speedy recovery ??
— shaelan breeze (@sbreeze95) September 18, 2016
Can't wait for McElwain's press conference after this game. #UNTvsUF
— John Burns (@johndburns) September 18, 2016
— Cory Norton (@Farmboy1204) September 18, 2016
It's possible that Gators coach Jim McElwain just topped anything from the Boom Era!
— Mark Long (@APMarkLong) September 18, 2016