Alabama QB Sees Bright Future for Florida Gators

Greg McElroy understands Jim McElwain. When McElroy was the quarterback for the Alabama Crimson Tide, McElwain was his offensive coordinator where the now Florida Gators head coach helped McElroy and the Tide win the 2009 BCS National Championship.

Following McElwian’s first appearance at SEC Media Days in Hoover, Alabama, McElroy spoke to reporters about the demeanor of the Gators new coach, what he could infer from it and what it means for the future in Gainesville.

He also took a bit of time to describe what the first year for the SEC Network, where he’s an analyst, has been like and how it changes his opinion of all 14 conference teams.

Watch below for more from McElroy on McElwain. And stay tuned to for all of your Florida Gators news and coverage as the 2015 football season draws closer.

Kassidy Hill
Born into a large family of sports fanatics and wordsmiths alike, sports journalism came natural to Kassidy. It’s more than a passion; it’s simply a part of who she is. Hailing from Alabama in the midst of typical Iron Bowl family, she learned very quickly just how deep ties in the SEC could run. She came to Gainesville after college to pursue a degree as television sports reporter but quickly realized she missed writing. She’s excited to now marry the two aspects for Gator fans. She loves Jesus, her daddy and football; wants to be Billy Donovan’s best friend and firmly believes that offensive lineman are the best people on earth. Follow her on Twitter @KassidyGHill


  1. Wonderful interview because there was so much substance, so much content from Greg McElroy . Giving Coach Mac a boat load of positive comments was also nice to hear. Finally, I am a long-time Gator (1967) who is still shocked to learn the scope of ineptitude that was the essence of the entire Foley-Muschamp fiasco. It seems that the one person in a position to remedy the situation was the only one who failed to recognize the extent of the problem. I realize that our AD has something of a cult following in Gator Nation. But I still find it hard to stomach such a massive degree of incompetence in the AD’s office.

    • The words sound wonderful, yet again. But words don’t mean much. UF needs players, not words. UF is not doing well getting players right now. Just this week, another quarterback that UF wanted, Jawon Pass picked Louisville. A linebacker that UF desperately wanted, and needed, Tre Lamar, chose Clemson, and a corner that UF wanted, Tre Jackson, picked Mississippi State. To go along with offensive linemen that chose Notre dame and south Florida, that’s right, South Florida, recently, this coach that everyone raves about is struggling to get players. I’d like to see something more than words, and winning on the recruiting trail says something that doesn’t need to be expressed in words. I don’t know why this is happening now, usually there is a bump in a new coaches’ second class, but that doesn’t appear to be the case with McElwain. If someone has an explanation, let me know or tell me why I’m wrong about this.

    • “Patience?’ I’ve never heard of that concept being embraced in Gainesville. It’s partly because of that, that Spurrier and Meyer left UF. I think McElwain will get a free pass this year, but I believe that there will be an expectation of UF winning the East next year. If that doesn’t happen, I think you’ll see why “patience” is an unknown concept in Gainesville.

  2. Patience is alive and well in Gainesville and the Gator Nation. I’ll give him till the end of the year to win the East! WooHoo Go Gators…Okay. The end of next year…dominant, by the end of next year. Gators…surprise us. We’ll help get at least one win by screaming. Here we go Gators, here we go!