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Florida coach Jim McElwain has backtracked on his death threats remark as he said that he shouldn’t be raising a dead issue.
On Wednesday’s talk with the media after practice, he said that the threats happened in the past and he shouldn’t have dwelled on it. “It’s just something that came up and obviously was on my mind,” he told reporters. “It doesn’t make it right. It doesn’t make it right to air that laundry.”
Just this past Monday, he revealed that he and the rest of the team have been receiving threats from fans because the team struggled. But he said that coaches and players should have a strong constitution because they operate on a very public domain. He described the threats as being “with the territory.”
“You know what? It’s hard to leave [it alone] sometimes,” he said. “You know how much I care about this program, these players, obviously, everything that goes with it.”
However, he’s not allowing anybody—especially somebody who remains anonymous—ruin his day.
The one thing he regretted doing was leak it to the press when he should have reined in his emotions when talking to reporters to avoid distractions when the Gators are on brink of elimination.
The athletic department of the University of Florida immediately issued a statement which said, among other things, that they tried to talk to McElwain but “he offered no additional details.”
The statement by the athletic department showed that McElwain’s future with the team could be in jeopardy. While the statement appeared to be in support of the head coach, the wording actually showed that the school is distancing itself from the death threats controversy.
However, it’s going to cost the school to buy out the coach’s contract, which would amount to about $10 million in 2018 if McElwain is fired.