McEl­wain joins long list of coaches fired at mid­sea­son

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Jim McEl­wain has plenty of com­pany among col­lege foot­ball coaches who were fired be­fore Hal­loween. His ouster from the Univer­sity of Florida on Sun­day wasn’t even the first one this year. It came three weeks af­ter Ore­gon State and Gary An­der­sen parted ways with the Beavers sit­ting at 1-5 with­out a win over an FBS pro­gram.

McEl­wain and Florida agreed to part ways af­ter a third con­sec­u­tive loss dropped the Ga­tors to 3-4 over­all and 3-3 in the South­east­ern Con­fer­ence. The Ga­tors won the SEC East in McEl­wain’s first two sea­sons.

Other coaches who were fired be­fore Novem­ber for their team’s poor per­for­mance over the last decade:

2016 Les Miles, LSU, Sept. 25: The Tigers pulled the plug af­ter LSU started out ranked No. 5 and lost to Wis­con­sin and Auburn dur­ing a 2-2 start. He fin­ished 114-34 in a dozen sea­sons at LSU.

2015 Randy Ed­sall, Mary­land, Oct. 11: Ed­sall went 22-34 over­all and 0-12 against ranked teams. He was fired af­ter three con­sec­u­tive blowouts in which the Ter­rap­ins were outscored 122-34.

2014 Char­lie Weis, Kansas, Sept. 28: The Jay­hawks went 6-22 un­der Weiss, in­clud­ing 1-18 in the Big 12. He was fired with Kansas off to a 2-2 start.

2013 Lane Kif­fin, USC, Sept. 29: Kif­fin was fired fol­low­ing a 62-41 loss to Ari­zona State that dropped him to 2815 with the Tro­jans. His fir­ing came min­utes af­ter re­turn­ing on the team’s char­tered flight to Los An­ge­les.

2012 Robb Akey, Idaho, Oct. 21: Akey went 20-50 over­all and was fired af­ter a 70-28 loss to Louisiana Tech in which the Van­dals sur­ren­dered 839 yards in falling to 1-7.

2011 Mike Stoops, Ari­zona, Oct. 10: Stoops was 41-50 in eight sea­sons with the Wild­cats but the end came with 10 con­sec­u­tive losses to FBS op­po­nents and with Ari­zona at 1-5 with its lone vic­tory over North­ern Ari­zona.

2010 Todd Dodge, North Texas, Oct. 20: The Mean Green were 1-6 when Dodge was fired with a 6-37 over­all record.

2008 Tommy Bow­den, Clem­son, Oct. 14: Bow­den re­ceived a lu­cra­tive con­tract ex­ten­sion af­ter the 2007 sea­son and his Tigers were fa­vorites to win their first ACC ti­tle and com­pete for the na­tional cham­pi­onship. But he was fired af­ter falling to 3-3 and 1-2 in league play.

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