Florida, McElwain agree to part ways after 3rd straight loss

Florida head coach Jim McElwain watches his team against Michigan during the second half of the Citrus Bowl NCAA college football game, Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. Michigan won 41-7. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) – Florida and coach Jim McElwain have agreed to part ways a day after a third consecutive loss and nearly a week after he said his players and their families had received death threats.

Athletic director Scott Stricklin made the announcement Sunday and named defensive coordinator Randy Shannon the team’s interim coach for the final four games.

The parties are negotiating McElwain’s $12.5 million buyout.

Florida (3-4, 3-3 Southeastern Conference), which is still paying former coach Will Muschamp, would like to significantly reduce McElwain’s sum and could use his actions over the last week as leverage.

Regardless of the outcome, McElwain’s tenure will be remembered for failing to fix a floundering offense. Three years ago, McElwain proclaimed he could win with his dog at quarterback. The Gators currently rank 113th in total offense, in triple digits nationally for the third time in McElwain’s three seasons.

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