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Former Florida head coach Jim McElwain reportedly a “strong candidate” to take his next college job Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Jim McElwain, the former head coach of the Florida Gators, has emerged as a strong candidate to join the Michigan Wolverines.

Bruce Feldman, of Sports Illustrated fame, reported McElwain is up for the same position that Dan Enos held. Enos was Michigan’s wide receivers coach before moving on to join the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Worth noting, Feldman reported that former New York Jets offensive coordinator Johnny Morton is also under consideration.

Toledo offensive coordinator Brian Wright is said to have removed himself from rat race to become Michigan’s new wide receivers coach.

By the time his career with Florida was over, McElwain finished with an overall record of 22-12, including back-to-back SEC East division crowns. The negative side of his stint with the Gators was his firing in the middle of his third season in 2017.

McElwain had previously coached wide receivers for Washington, Montana State, Louisville and Michigan State.

The 2015 SEC Coach of the Year, McElwain went 22-16 before joining the Gators, bringing his career coaching record to 44-28. Also the Mountain West Coach of the Year in 2014, he was most notably with Alabama from 2008-11.

With National Signing Day over, but Spring Practices looming in the shadows, Michigan should hire someone for the job relatively soon.

Joseph has been covering college basketball for nearly a decade. He's also the co-host of the Off The Wall podcast. Marty Jannetty is better than HBK.
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