College Football Rumors: Gators Head Coach Jim McElwain Moving To Oregon Ducks?

By Fay Morgan, Posted: 12/02/16 06:30AM EST
Jim McElwain
Florida Gators Head Coach Jim McElwain during the Post Game Press Conference last Nov. 26.(Photo : Florida Gators/ YouTube)

Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain is in the headlines recently because of rumors that he is jumping the fence to the Oregon Ducks.

Before coaching for the Gators, McElwain coached for the Colorado State from 2012 to 2014 and was even named the Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year in 2014. When he moved to the Gators, he was again named the Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year in 2015.

He is able to accomplish great things with his team everywhere he goes. No wonder, rumors of him going to the Ducks are circulating as any team would be interested in having him as coach.

According to CBS Sports, Even before Oregon officially fired Mark Helfrich on Tuesday, McElwain's name was mentioned as a possible replacement in Eugene. This is because McElwain is familiar with the territory having played and started his coaching career in the Pacific Northwest.

However, it seems like the coach is not interested in moving. He said, "It's always interesting, this time of year, how whatever comes out."

He further said, "No, I haven't heard from Oregon. The things that get thrown out there, at times, I don't know how it does sometimes. I guess slow news day. I got my hunch there might be some recruiting things behind it. I don't know."

McElwain is happy and content on where he is working right now and has no plans of transferring crediting the rumors to recruiting tactics. Based on the report from Oregon Live, McElwain said he got a heck of a job.

"In case anybody checked, this is the University of Florida. We're playing in what they call the SEC championship game. It really hasn't crossed my mind," he said. Oregon would have to find another replacement for Mark Helfrich after he was fired last Wednesday.



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