In the world of big-time college football, coaches get fired every season. Almost always, those firings come down to not winning enough games.
If the reports coming out of Gainesville, FL., are to be believed, then University of Florida officials are kicking their head football coach to the curb because he lied.
About receiving death threats.
The school’s position was basically this: If there were death threats and administrators did nothing about them, the Gators would be legally liable if something horrible happened. If [Jim] McElwain exaggerated the threats or made them up altogether, then he essentially sullied an entire fan base without merit.
McElwain made the situation even worse two days later when he said he would provide more details about the death threats ”when it becomes unmanageable.”
The same story does note McElwain did clash with athletic officials on other issues and that his team did struggle to win enough games (if a 22-12 career record at the school can be classified as struggling).
But death threats?
I remember Notre Dame officials learning that George O’Leary had lied about items on his resume; they fired him.
I know coaches get canned because their programs run afoul of the NCAA and therefore they are held responsible for not running a clean operation.
I never recall a coach suggesting he or anyone associated with his program was threatened with harm. McElwain is on dangerous ground here: If he’s lying, then he’s likely to be in the coaching wilderness for many years.
O’Leary was hired again.
The creep who is coaching at Louisville returned to the sidelines after lying about an extramarital affair.
Coaches have been given second chances after the NCAA handed down sanctions for poorly managed programs.
Will a coach who claimed death threats — if none existed — be afforded that same opportunity?
Then again all this might come down to wins and losses.