KNOXVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 24: Head coach Jim McElwain of the Florida Gators reacts against the Tennessee Volunteers in the first half at Neyland Stadium on September 24, 2016 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Jim McElwain speaks again about the Oregon coaching rumors ahead of SEC title game

Will McElwain leave Florida?

This might not be going away until Oregon actually hires their next coach.

Florida head coach Jim McElwain has been trying to fan the flames on rumors about him being interested in the Oregon head coaching job. That included taking time to address the issue at press conferences before Saturday's SEC Championship Game, where McElwain tried again to distance himself from the rumors.

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McElwain did say earlier in the week that he planned to stay at Florida, but many in the college football media are skeptical about how McElwain is avoiding saying directly that he wasn't going to Oregon.

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This may just be semantics, but there is a point there. If McElwain is addressing the rumors at all, why doesn't he just say "I'm not going to Oregon"? It's similar to what Tom Herman did at Houston before going to Texas; Herman said he was "focused on Memphis" — Houston's last opponents — and would never really say "No, I'm not going to Texas."

This will definitely be something to keep an eye on as Florida plays their last game before bowl season on Saturday.