Jim McElwain hopes to keep Florida Gators’ staff intact

Florida’s strong first year under Jim McElwain could put some assistants in high demand.

December and January are always the two busiest months of the year for college coaches. With firings happening all over the country, new head coaches are hired and brand new staffs have to be built. The two-month span usually includes movement for a majority of staffs across college football.

It’s a problem Florida coach Jim McElwain is hoping to avoid.

After constructing his staff last season, the Gators went 10-3 with an SEC East Championship and a berth in the league title game. Despite the loss to Alabama in Atlanta, McElwain is proud of the job his staff did and understands that there could be interest in some of his assistant coaches. He’s proud of the year they had and is hopeful the group will be able to stay together for the 2016 season.

“We’ve got a great staff,” McElwain said. “I know a lot of guys will be in high demand because they’re great coaches. We’ve been able to put together an outstanding staff here. I hope all of them are back.”

The Gators have already had assistants rumored for head coaching positions. Co-defensive coordinators Geoff Collins and Randy Shannon were both reportedly considered for the UCF job before the Knights hired Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost.

HOMECOMING GAME ANNOUNCED

Florida announced Sunday morning that next year’s homecoming game would be against Missouri on October 15. The Gators’ homecoming game in 2014 was also against Missouri, and the Tigers left Gainesville with a blowout 42-13 win after Florida turned the ball over four times. Missouri managed 119 yards of offense but scored on a kickoff return, a punt return, a fumble recovery returned for a touchdown and an interception return for a touchdown. 

Next year’s game against Missouri will be the final home game for almost a month before the Gators return to face South Carolina on November 12. 


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