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Gators, head coach Jim McElwain part ways, university announces

Randy Shannon named interim coach

Jim McElwain answers questions at his initial news conference as Gators' head coach.
Jim McElwain answers questions at his initial news conference as Gators' head coach.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida's University Athletic Association and head coach Jim McElwain have mutually agreed to part ways, Athletic Director Scott Stricklin announced Sunday.

The university said Randy Shannon, who was serving as the team's associate head coach, will serve as interim coach for the remainder of the season.

“We want to thank Coach McElwain for his efforts in leading the Gator football program,” Stricklin said. “We are confident Coach Shannon will provide the proper guidance to the players and rest of staff during this time and we will begin a national search for the next head coach.”

Stricklin, who was hired on Dec. 4, 2014, as UF's 25th head coach, is currently negotiating with the university on the terms of the separation.

Shannon has more than 25 years of coaching experience and has been part of three national championship games. During his time at Florida, his defenses have consistently ranked in the top 10 nationally.

Florida is currently 3-4.


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