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Jim McElwain and the Texas Longhorns? USA Today raises the possibility

ANDRES LEIVA | Times

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October

USA Today's Dan Wolken has an interesting thought on this season's college football coaching carousel (in the second item here). 

The Florida Gators' Jim McElwain might be a candidate at Texas.

This, obviously, is pure speculation. The Longhorns still have a coach (Charlie Strong). For all we know, Texas will win out, finish 9-3 and somehow win a wild Big 12. Unlikely, sure, but possible.

If Texas fires Strong, the obvious hire is Houston's Tom Herman. But if that doesn't work out, Wolken expects McElwain, Larry Fedora (UNC), Chris Petersen (Washington) and Hugh Freeze (Ole Miss) to be among the potential candidates.

So that's a lot of ifs to go with the speculation. But it's educated speculation; Wolken broke the story that UF was hiring Scott Stricklin as its new AD, so he knows what he's talking about. 

For what it's worth, I don't expect McElwain to be in the mix. He got a contract extension from UF seven months ago to become the highest paid coach in the SEC East. The Gators have announced plans to build a new stand-alone football complex - McElwain is involved in that.

McElwain is midway through one rebuilding project at UF. I said in the preseason that the Gators should take a step forward this season, even if the record takes a step back. We'll see how the final record ends up, but I do see UF growing. Next year will be key, with a returning quarterback (Luke Del Rio), an experienced offensive line and some offensive playmakers coming into their own (Antonio Callaway, Tyrie Cleveland and Jordan Scarlett, to name three).

So even if all of those ifs come true and McElwain's name does come up, I don't see him leaving Gainesville.

[Last modified: Friday, October 21, 2016 10:57am]

    

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