Junior running back Kevin Taylor looked fast running into the end zone for a touchdown to push the Florida Gators ahead of the East Carolina Pirates 31-17 on Saturday. Moments later, he was likely wishing he could turn on another gear to get away from his head coach.
At the end of Taylor’s touchdown run, he performed a throat slash gesture as a celebration. Unfortunately for Taylor and the Gators, an official was standing right near him, flagging Florida for a 15-yard penalty and making head coach Jim McElwain irate at his player.
McElwain, who has been preaching discipline inside the Gators’ locker room, was proud one week ago as Florida only committed a single penalty in its 61-13 win over New Mexico State. Taylor’s gesture was UF’s 12th of the evening and sent McElwain off into a frenzy.
Here is a bleeped version of McElwain’s rant to Taylor, which was posted online in an explicit language video shared on YouTube.
“Look at me. Don’t look down. F—ing be a man. You let your f—ing team down. That’s f—ing bull—-. And you think it’s f—ing OK. F—ing kidding [me].”
As it would turn out though, McElwain inserted Taylor right back into the game on the Gators’ next offensive series. So while Taylor certainly made McElwain mad, it was obviously not a serious enough transgression to put him in his coach’s dog house for any extended period of time.