Three days after Florida’s regular season and Will Muschamp’s time as head coach ended, reports continue to surface linking Colorado State coach Jim McElwain to the Florida job.On Tuesday afternoon, ESPN’s Brett McMurphy tweeted that Jim McElwain has become the top candidate for the Florida job. The Colorado State coach’s name first came up on Sunday when Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports listed him as “a top candidate,” but the differential to “the top candidate” is a significant one.
Forde reported on Tuesday afternoon that there was a jet en route from Gainesville to Fort Collins, home of Colorado State and McElwain. Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley is expected to meet with McElwain on Tuesday afternoon.
Named the Mountain West Conference’s coach of the year on Tuesday, McElwain has turned the Rams into an offensive powerhouse. Colorado State averages 498 yards per game (13th best in the nation), while boasting the nation’s second-most efficient quarterback inGarrett Grayson and the top receiver by yards per game (149.1) and touchdowns (17) in Rashard Higgins.
Before taking over Colorado State, McElwain, a Montana native, was Alabama’s offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach from 2008 through 2011
McElwain is in his third season coaching the Rams and has led them to a 10-2 record, dropping their regular season finale to Air Force on Sunday. The 52-year-old was named the Mountain West Coach of the Year of Tuesday and many of his offensive players received first team honors by the league.\
McElwain has a large buy out $7.5 million, but, for program like Florida, that is not a real obstacle. Football Scoop, citing sources at Florida say the Gators AD Jeremy Foley will offer McElwain the position. It also reports that current defensive coordinator D J Durkin would likely keep that job under McElwain.
Foley and McElwain, per sources, are in agreement that it would be best for Florida football to retain defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin and defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson at a minimum