Reports: Jim McElwain out as University of Florida football coach

A lackluster season, suspended players and trouble with higher-ups may spell doom for Jim McElwain.

GAINESVILLE, Fla.– Coach Jim McElwain’s time at the University of Florida reportedly is no more, a day after the team suffered an embarrassing loss against the No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs.

University officials have parted ways with McElwain a day after the Gators’ 42-7 loss to Georgia, according to several reports including football writer Brett McMurphy and FootballScoop. It was Florida’s worst loss in the series in about four decades.

ESPN reports McElwain hasn’t been fired but still is meeting with athletic director Scott Stricklin and others. Regardless, University of Florida officials reportedly asked McElwain to accept less than his $12.76 million buyout and step down as head coach.

Details of a contract buyout are not yet known, but a statement is expected later this afternoon.

While the Bulldogs move on to what might be the top spot in the college football playoffs, the Gators are left trying to find what few positives are left in what’s been a turbulent season.

More: Opinion: It’s time to end the McElwain era at UF

McElwain joined UF in 2015 with high hopes, the promise of an exciting offense. This was his third season as head coach coming off of back-to-back SEC East titles.

It came to a head Saturday as Florida began the day denying reports it was negotiating a buyout of McElwain with his agent, according to CBS Sports.

The season started on a rocky note, with nine Gators players charged with felonies for allegedly using stolen credit card information at the university bookstore and other locations. Ten players were suspended for the season-opening loss to Michigan.

Earlier in the week, McElwain said he and others received death threats following its losses. He hadn’t shown proof, and WXIA-TV reports the allegation of threats caught the local police and department off guard.

McElwain’s record at the University of Florida was 33-23, including 3-4 this season. The team needs three more wins in their final four games to be bowl eligible.

Florida travels Saturday to Missouri to face-off the Tigers.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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