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.
Yesterday• Gators
The concerns over COVID-19 essentially wiped out the entire spring sports season.
Yesterday• 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. 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]
  2. Jim McElwain’s buyout from Florida was negotiated to $7.5 million. [Times]
  3. Jim Lambright stands at a concourse entrance in the newly renovated Husky Stadium in Seattle in August 2013, 15 years after coaching his final game at Washington. He died at age 77, the school announced Sunday. [ELAINE THOMPSON  |  AP]
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  5. 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]
  6. 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]
  7. 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]
  8. 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]
  9. 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]
  10. 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]
  11. 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]
  12. 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]
  1. 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]
  2. 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]
  3. 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]
  4. Florida takes on UCLA during the 2011 NCAA basketball tournament in Tampa. The NCAA announced Thursday that it has canceled its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments. [Times (2011)]
  5. The 2011 NCAA Basketball tournament began in Tampa, FL with Clemson taking on West Virginia. [HANDOUT  |  Times (2011)]
  6. FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2019, file photo, the Golden State Warriors championship banners hang above the seating and basketball court at the Chase Center in San Francisco. The Warriors will play the Brooklyn Nets at home Thursday night, March 12, 2020, in the first NBA game without fans since the outbreak of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File) [ERIC RISBERG  |  AP]
  7. Coach Kevin O'Sullivan and Florida are off to a program-record 16-0 start, but have two tough games coming up. [GARY MCCULLOUGH  |  AP]
  8. Quarterback Kyle Trask threw for 257 yards and got the Gators back in the game in the second half, but Florida simply lacked the talent to make big plays when necessary on both offense and defense in a 24-17 loss. OCTAVIO JONES | Times photo [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
  9. Kentucky forward Nick Richards (4) steals the ball from Florida guard Scottie Lewis (23) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday in Gainesville. [ALAN YOUNGBLOOD  |  AP]
  10. In this 2011 file photo, Florida's Patric Young dunks during an NCAA Tournament game in Tampa. [Times]
  11. If there is a patron saint for college basketball, Dick Vitale has the job sewn up. A favorite of college students around the country, Vitale goofs up with Duke students before a game against Notre Dame last month in Durham, NC. [HENRY HAGGART  |  Special to the Times]
  12. Georgia's Anthony Edwards tries to drive past Florida's Keyontae Johnson during the first half of their game on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in Athens, Ga. [JOSHUA L. JONES  |  AP]