Central Michigan coach Jim McElwain on situation at the end of his tenure at Florida:
“It was a bad situation.” pic.twitter.com/DW23z1JdGw
— Evan Petzold (@EvanPetzold) December 3, 2018
Over the weekend, former Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain found another head coaching job as he took the vacant position at Central Michigan University.
McElwain wasn’t out of a head coaching role for long. After getting fired by Florida in the midst of a disappointing 2017 season, McElwain spent the 2018 season as a wide receivers coach at Michigan under Jim Harbaugh. In just shy of three season’s as Florida’s head coach, McElwain went 22-12. He also won the SEC East in 2015 and 2016. McElwain’s overall record as a head coach at the FBS level is 44-28.
McElwain now takes over a Chippewas team that just had an abysmal 1-11 season. It will take some time for McElwain to make that program competitive once again.
The former Florida head coach saw his tenure as the head coach of the Gators come to a halt in the 2016-2017 season as there was continued offensive struggles. McElwain opened up with the media for the first time about his departure with UF, during his introductory press conference at Central Michigan on Monday. You can see the entire video in the linked video above.
“It was a bad situation,” McElwain told the media. “It was something that going through there were a lot of things that went into it. You’ll understand that moving forward, we learn from those things. Do I maybe wish I went and gone and seeked advice from people I worked with, absolutely. But at the same time, it’s something that happened, and we’ve moved forward.”
The Gators have since filled their head coaching position with Dan Mullen, who took the gators to a 9-3 season in his first year at the helm and a Peach Bowl match up agains the Michigan Wolverines on December 29, 2018 at noon. In the end it certainly seems like both parties have come out of this deal better off.