The 2014 Mountain West Conference coach of the year Jim McElwain has agreed to become the Florida Gators new head football coach.
The six-year contract is set to pay McElwain an average of $3.5 million per season, according to sources.
The Gators were looking for someone with an offensive mindset to replace Will Muschamp. The Gators never finished better than 90th in the nation in total offense during Muschamp’s time at the university, where he was 10-13 in his last two seasons.
McElwain brings that offensive background from coaching at Colorado State. The Rams are averaging 497.8 yards on total offense this season, which ranks 13th in the nation. Before McElwain took the job at Colorado State, the Rams lost 27 of 36 games in their previous three seasons. In his two seasons as head coach, the Rams have won 16 of their last 20 games, and are 10-2 this season.
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Before becoming head coach at Colorado State, McElwain was the offensive coordinator at Alabama, where he guided first-year quarterback Gregg McElroy. In his junior year, McElroy led the Crimson tide to an undefeated season (14-0) and a BCS National Championship. Now, McElroy is an SEC analyst and had some words for Gators fan about their new head coach on twitter.
“Florida fans rejoice. @CoachMcElwain is the real deal and will have tremendous success in Gainesville,” McElroy said. “Congratulations to Gators everywhere.”
Coach McElwain is set to be announced as the head coach in a news conference Saturday.
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