Readers’ Choice: Jim McElwain’s infrastructure rebuild starts with filling out Florida Gators staff

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Updated on March 10 at 1:30 p.m.

Among other buzz words Florida head coach Jim McElwain has thrown out when speaking about the task that lies ahead of him to rebuild the Gators football program, improving the “infrastructure” has been at the top of the list.

Most think of the term “infrastructure” as relating to physical facilities, and in that regard, Florida is already taking steps forward by spending $15 million on an indoor practice facility set to open in September, making plans to improve the locker room and training area, redesigning and increasing the space and flow of the football offices, and looking at how to improve the athletic dorms.

But to McElwain, “infrastructure” also includes the Gators’ top-to-bottom organization from assistant coaches and operations directors to quality control coaches and staff assistants.

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Florida to add Jeremy Darveau in assistant role

The Florida Gators are set to add a new member to their football staff with Southwest Minnesota State offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Jeremy Darveau agreeing to join the program and assist with the offensive line. cited sources that said Darveau would be taking the job, but he made an announcement on his own early Tuesday morning via Twitter.

“Want to thank everyone at SMSU for a GREAT 6 years,” he wrote. “I am also excited to start the next chapter in my career with the Univ of Florida Gators”

Darveau redshirted and played one season at Kentucky before transferring to Dodge City Community College. He transferred to Louisville in 2004 and played under new Florida offensive line coach Mike Summers for two seasons with the Cardinals, starting seven games as a junior and 12 more as a senior. Louisville posted a 20-4 record combined in those two seasons.

He played for the Amsterdam Admirals of NFL Europe and Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League each for one season. In 2008, he accepted his first coaching job overseeing tight ends for SMSU. Darveau held that position again in 2009 and was promoted to offensive line coach/run game coordinator in 2010. He was moved up to offensive coordinator ahead of the 2013 campaign.

Seeing as the Gators already have an NCAA-maximum 10 coaches on their staff, Darveau’s official position with the team is not yet clear. Chances are he will join the program as a graduate assistant or quality control coach. has reached out to Florida for comment and/or confirmation.

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