Over the weekend, CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd speculated that Florida coach Jim McElwain could be on his way out of out of Gainesville. He believes that McElwain could be headed back to his northwestern roots by taking a job at Oregon State, which currently has an opening after the school and coach Gary Anderson parted ways earlier this month. However, McElwain shut down those rumors at his weekly press conference on Monday.
“It’s interesting. It’s that time of year,” McElwain said. “Those are things that people throw out.”
That doesn’t exactly address the rumors directly, but he did later say that he hasn’t “given it any thought” as of now.
He also talked about how the main focus for the team was playing Georgia this week and he also said that the Gators have a great recruiting class coming in with a chance to be good players. The 2018 class for the team is ranked No. 6 in the country and tops in the SEC, according to Scout.
The initial speculation that McElwain would leave comes from the fact that the Gators are only 3-3 this season despite expectations for the offense to look much better than it has and to get back to the SEC Championship. Fans are getting ornery and have been down on McElwain despite the SEC Championship Game appearances in his first two years and Dodd believes that would drive McElwain to back to more familiar surrounding out in the Pacific Northwest.
[h/t SEC Country]