6:24 p.m. ET Update: Citing conversations with multiple sources, ESPN’s Edward Aschoff and Mark Schlabach are reporting that Florida is discussing whether it can fire McElwain for cause, related to McElwain’s claims earlier this week that he received death threats for Florida’s 3-3 start.

From ESPN:

After failing to find any evidence to substantiate claims made by McElwain this week that family and players received death threats, Florida administrators have worked to see if McElwain’s allegations were enough to relieve the university from paying McElwain’s full buyout of $12.9 million if he were to be fired.

As we sit here, Florida is losing to Georgia, 42-0.

Stay tuned.


Update: Florida AD Scott Stricklin has said no such discussions have taken place.


Florida is preparing to face Georgia today, but a report from sports agent Darren Heitner indicates Gators AD Scott Stricklin is preparing to end the Jim McElwain era.

It would seem unlikely Florida would push out McElwain immediately after beating the No. 3 team in the country, but it also seems unlikely Florida will indeed beat the No. 3 team in the country.

The USA Today $13 millioncoaching salary database lists McElwain’s buyout at just south of .

Yahoo’s Pat Forde offered a report refuting Heitner’s tweets.

In his third season in Gainesville, McElwain is 22-11 overall and 16-7 in SEC play with two SEC East championships. However, Florida is 3-3 overall and 3-2 in the SEC this year, in a season that has been marred by a criminal credit card fraud scandal and offensive woes.

Florida and No. 3 Georgia meet at 3:30 p.m. ET (CBS).

As always, stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest.