As he refused to provide any details either publicly or in private to athletic director Scott Stricklin, it seemed to be the beginning of the end for the head coach.
After word broke that Florida fired McElwain on Sunday morning, several Gators expressed dismay, frustration and confusion at not just the news itself, but learning about it on the internet.
Update: Source tells FootballScoop Randy Shannon is expected to serve as interim head coach.
McElwain, 55, a former Alabama offensive coordinator under Nick Saban who came to Florida after three years as Colorado State's head coach, finished 22-12 during his two-plus seasons as head coach. A final number on his contract buyout hasn't been determined between McElwain and Florida. If the Gators go that route, McElwain could opt to contest whether UF has grounds to fire him from cause, which could lead to a court battle.
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After failing to find any evidence to substantiate claims made by McElwain last week that his family and players received death threats, Florida administrators were working to see whether that would be enough to relieve the university from paying his full buyout of $12.76 million if he were fired.
The meeting comes one day after the Gators were stomped on during the rivalry game against the Bulldogs that ended with a 42-7 score, marking the team's third straight loss and fourth this season.
Shannon takes over as interim head coach following a three-year stint on McElwain's staff as an associate head coach, defensive coordinator, and linebackers coach. After the Gators won 16-10 when Tigers' running back Derrius Guice was stopped at the Florida 1-yard line as time expired, McElwain said LSU "got what it deserved". Those 19 wins tied Steve Spurrier for the second-most victories by a Florida coach in his first two seasons.