The UCLA head coaching job is officially open after the school announced it was firing coach Jim Mora. Former Oregon and NFL coach Chip Kelly reportedly has interest in the job, but it also looks like there’s another former college coach on the reported shortlist according to NFL insider Benjamin Allbright.
McElwain is generally thought to be a West Coast guy considering he worked for the Oakland Raiders for a year and got his start as a graduate assistant at Eastern Washington with stops at Colorado State and Fresno State before eventually making his way to Florida.
He went 22-12 while leading the Gators and 16-8 in the conference to go with two appearances in the SEC Championship Game that were losses to his former boss in Alabama’s Nick Saban. However, this was supposed to be the season where the Gators had a real offense and would put up serious scoring numbers. That never came to fruition and his 3-4 record just wasn’t good enough for new athletic director Scott Stricklin who has a chance to make a splashy hire now at Florida.
[h/t SEC Country]