Jim McElwain will be named the next head football coach at Florida later today according to ESPN’s Chris Low.
Florida and Colorado State agreed to meet McElwain’s buyout clause, which was worth $7.5 million. Late Wednesday, it appeared the buyout was holding up the deal from getting done. McElwain inherits a team that went 6-5 this season under Will Muschamp. The deal could officially be announced later today.
McElwain will inherit a freshman QB and a few nice running backs, but the offensive line will lose three seniors. He’ll return a loaded defense that was one of the 20 best in the nation, and that’s even if stud defensive end Dante Fowler leaves. The recruiting class isn’t much to get excited about, but that can be turned around quickly.