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Report: Florida's Jim McElwain Possibly Interested In Oregon Job

Florida head coach Jim McElwain speaks to a reporter.


Rumors are swirling that Florida head coach Jim McElwain is interested in leaving Gainesville for the Oregon head coaching job.

Jim McElwain has two SEC East titles under his belt, a 20-7 record and a shot to win a conference title this weekend with an upset win over Alabama—all in just his first two seasons as Florida's head coach. That's a pretty great first two years. There's no way he'd leave for another coaching position, right?

Well, not so fast.

According to Dan Wolken of USA Today, McElwain might be interested in doing just that:

There also are whispers that Florida’s Jim McElwain could be intrigued by the opportunity to return to the Pacific Northwest, close to where he went to college and started his coaching career at Eastern Washington. Despite winning SEC East titles in his first two years, McElwain has been a bit under-appreciated by the Florida fan base and just got a new athletics director in Gainesville.


To some, it feels like McElwain doesn't actually want the Oregon job, just more money from his current employer.

Despite back-to-back SEC East titles, McElwain is currently just the sixth-highest paid coach in the SEC.

Whatever the case, Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich has yet to be fired, though it's expected happen as soon as this week. We'll just have to wait and see how it all shakes out in the coming days.

[USA Today]