Everyone who’s made predictions about sports has been wrong before, but the more high profile you are, the more people notice when you make mistakes.
Paul Finebaum is one of the biggest names in sports media, and he made a prediction about recently-fired Florida coach Jim McElwain in 2014 that’s coming back to haunt him.
Jim McElwain’s firing caught many people by surprise considering the coach had won back-t0-back SEC East titles in his first two seasons, but his Gators struggled this year and started 3-4 before he was fired.
McElwain’s tenure was closer to Will Muschamp’s at Florida than it ever was to Urban Meyer’s tenure. Even when the Gators made it to Atlanta, they weren’t close to beating Alabama in either trip. The offense regressed this year and struggling scoring on pretty much everyone, and the program didn’t seem like it was moving forward or any closer to Alabama.
McElwain was successful at Colorado State, but Finebaum’s assessment was a bit head-scratching anyway because Meyer had plenty of success at Utah and Bowling Green before moving to Florida.
Analysts and members of the media are wrong all the time, but Finebaum will have to take the L on this one for a while.