There’s undoubtedly a ton of glitz and glam that comes along with being a big-time college football coach, and at the very least there’s fame and respect.
With that said, being a college coach can be a stressful gig as well. When expectations aren’t being met and when boosters and fans lose their patience, it has to be one of the toughest gigs in the world.
Come hell or high water they’re a fraternity of like-minded football nerds, though. Especially when considering the inter-connecting coaching trees and the relationships these guys develop by competing against each other on a yearly basis — it makes sense that for the most part, they tend to stick together.
That was the case recently regarding the firing of Jim McElwain, now former Florida Gators head coach. McElwain was fired after a 3-4 start, a record that included three losses in a row. He was fired despite the fact that he’s won the SEC East the past two seasons, and his firing has apparently made an impact on Nick Saban over at Alabama.
When recently talking to reporters, Saban mentioned the fact that he put in a call to the former Florida coach. He relayed that he supports McElwain and that “we’re here to support him any way we can.”
It’s worth noting that before his head coaching debut at Colorado State in 2012, McElwain was Alabama’s offensive coordinator — from 2008 to through the 2011 season. Working under Nick Saban, McElwain oversaw multiple undefeated regular seasons and he won two BCS national championships with the Crimson Tide, including against Texas in 2010 and against LSU in 2012.
Could McElwain’s coaching journey lead him back to Tuscaloosa? It certainly seems like Saban and company would be open to it, but stay tuned.