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The next steps for the Florida Gators football program

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Jim McElwain is gone

The official wording is that the Florida Gators and Jim McElwain mutually agreed to part ways on Sunday. Regardless of the phrasing, the Gators are now looking for their third head football coach in the past seven years and first under new athletics director Scott Stricklin, who on Sunday said the decision came down to “more than just wins and losses.”

Stricklin did not go into too many details about what he is looking for in Florida’s next head football coach, but did hint that the offense needed to improve.

“Being in this league for 25 years, when Florida has been really good, from a distance it has looked really fun,” Stricklin said, “and I want it to be really fun. Our fans, they deserve it to be really fun. I want our players and student-athletes to have a lot of fun, like this is a rewarding experience to come here and get a degree from a top-10 public university and to play at one of the storied football programs in the country. That’s got to be rewarding and fun.”

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Randy Shannon’s turn

For the next four weeks, defensive coordinator Randy Shannon will serve as the Gators’ interim head coach. It is just the fifth time in program history the Gators will have someone with the “interim” tag attached to their name.

Recruiting roundup

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Wide receiver Freddie Swain

Linebacker Kylan Johnson

Linebacker David Reese

Defensive back Shawn Davis

Offensive lineman T.J. McCoy

Offensive lineman Brett Heggie

Tight end C’yontai Lewis

Linebacker Nick Smith

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