Jim McElwain’s buyout from Florida was negotiated to $7.5 million. [Times]
Florida spent almost $25 million on football and basketball buyouts over the past 15 years, according to research by AthleticDirectorU.
Mar. 30• Gators
The concerns over COVID-19 essentially wiped out the entire spring sports season.
Mar. 30• USF Bulls
The cancelations were announced in early March just as the coronavirus spread: No WrestleMania, March Madness, Grand Prix or Valspar Championship.
Mar. 27• Health
Given the cascading coronavirus cancellations, it’s not a stretch to think that football could follow.
Mar. 24• Sports


  1. In this Feb. 21, 2018, file photo, former Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino appears during a news conference in New York. Pitino was named basketball coach at Iona College on March 14, 2020. [SETH WENIG  |  AP]
  2. UConn coach Geno Auriemma cuts the net down after the Huskies defeat Notre Dame at Amalie Arena in 2015 to win the 10th of their 11 national championships. [SHADD, DIRK  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  3. In this Jan. 16, 2020, file photo, Oregon's Sabrina Ionescu celebrates a 3-point shot against Stanford during the third quarter in Eugene, Ore. Ionescu is the first player in college basketball history to have 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists. [CHRIS PIETSCH  |  AP]
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  5. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney yells to an official during the fourth quarter of a game against North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Chris Seward) [CHRIS SEWARD  |  AP]
  6. LSU coach Ed Orgeron and his wife, Kelly, celebrate the Tigers' victory over Clemson in the College Football Playoff national championship game on Jan. 13, 2020, in New Orleans. [DAVID J. PHILLIP  |  AP]
  7. In this Jan. 10, 2020, file photo, Mike Leach speaks to reporters and Mississippi State supporters in Starkville, Miss., after being officially introduced as the Bulldogs' new head football coach. [ROGELIO V. SOLIS  |  AP]
  8. In this Jan. 18, 2020, photo provided by the University of Florida Athletic Association, the Gators' Chris Sutherland plays against Auburn during a game in Gainesville. Sutherland waited nearly five years to finally play college basketball. He worked his way onto Florida’s bench in January after serving as an arena worker, a practice player for the women’s team and a team manager for the men’s program. [COURTNEY CULBREATH  |  AP]
  9. In this Jan. 7, 2019, photo, Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa stands on the sideline after losing the national title game to Clemson. He was the Heisman Trophy runnerup that season. [BEN MARGOT  |  AP]
  10. The USF softball team, led by interim coach Jess Moore (center), was 16-9 when its season was halted by mounting concerns over the coronavirus. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  11. Jim McElwain’s buyout from Florida was negotiated to $7.5 million. [Times]
  1. A January 1970 file photo showing Notre Dame college basketball player Austin Carr. Carr played for Notre Dame in an era when prolific scorers dominated college basketball such as LSU's Pete Maravich, but it's Carr's 61 points against Ohio in the first round in 1970 that still stands to this day as the most in an NCAA Tournament game. [AP]
  2. In this April 8, 2016, file photo, Villanova's Ryan Arcidiacono holds the trophy during a parade in Philadelphia celebrating the Wildcats' NCAA men's basketball championship. The NCAA and networks across the sports dial have infused fans with a hoops fix by rebroadcasting epic NCAA Tournament games. Coaches and players involved in those games are adding insight and a dash of humor by live tweeting during the replay. [MATT ROURKE  |  AP]
  3. In this Nov. 28, 1968, file photo of the now-defunct ABA, Miami Floridians' Les Hunter (41) is fouled by Oakland Oaks' Jim Eakins (42) while scoring a basket during a game in Miami. Hunter, a star on Loyola Chicago's barrier-breaking 1963 NCAA championship team, died Friday, March 27, 2020, the school said. He was 77 and had been battling cancer. [TOBY MASSEY  |  AP]
  4. IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR GOODYEAR - The Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame's newest exhibit, which opened to the public on Dec. 13, 2019, offers "Blimp View" on-demand, where fans can experience aerial views of college football's most iconic stadiums. ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit toured the new Goodyear Blimp exhibit on Dec. 11, 2019. [TODD KIRKLAND  |  AP]
  5. This March 12, 2020, file photo, shows the national office of the NCAA in Indianapolis. The NCAA says it will distribute $225 million to its Division I members in June, $375 million less than had been budgeted this year because the coronavirus outbreak forced the cancellation of the men's basketball tournament. [MICHAEL CONROY  |  AP]
  6. From left, TJ Holmes, Michael Stigler and Eric Futch hold U.S. flags after they ran the men's 400-meter hurdles at the U.S. Track and Field Championships on June 25, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. Futch won the event, Stigler was second and Holmes finished third. [RICH PEDRONCELLI  |  AP]
  7. Will college football, which draws huge crowds (especially in this state), be impacted by the current pandemic? Week 0 of the college season is slated for Aug. 29. [Times]
  8. A general view inside the Dayton Arena, Friday, March 13, 2020, in Dayton, Ohio. The coronavirus outbreak has abruptly roused the University of Dayton from its dream of a basketball season. The 29-2 Flyers were rolling into tournament play on a 20-game winning streak that had lifted spirits in an Ohio city battered in the past year by violent deaths and devastation. The NCAA decision to cancel March Madness ended hopes for the small Roman Catholic school's first Final Four appearance in 53 years. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster) [AARON DOSTER  |  AP]
  9. No spring games or pro days for places like the University of Florida this year. [Times]
  10. FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2018, file photo, former Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino appears during a news conference in New York. Hall of Famer Pitino was named basketball coach at Iona College on Saturday, March 14, 2020. Pitino coached at Louisville from 2001-17 before being fired in a pay-for-play scandal and had been coaching in Greece. He replaces Tim Cluess, who resigned Friday after 10 years and six NCAA Tournament appearances due to health concerns. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File) [SETH WENIG  |  AP]
  11. Jon Jenney sits alone with no fans in the stands while working in the VIP area overlooking pit lane at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on Friday. The event officially was canceled later in the day. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  12. The NCAA, which canceled all winter and spring sports championships Thursday amid coronavirus concerns, is entertaining the idea of granting a season or relief for student-athletes in spring sports such as USF's Georgina Corrick. [USF Athletics]