Florida Gators move on from defensive backs coach Kirk Callahan after one year

So much for coaching continuity. Just one year after joining the program as a member of head coach Jim McElwain‘s first Florida Gators staff, defensive backs coach Kirk Callahan will be looking for a new job.

Florida announced Friday that Callahan “will not return” to the program for 2016. “We are making a change on our staff,” McElwain said in a release. “Moving forward, Kirk Callahan will be looking at some other opportunities and he has a long career ahead of him.”

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Florida Gators football assistant coaches are seventh-highest paid in SEC

The Florida Gators were far from thrifty in ridding themselves of Will Muschamp and acquiring the services of head coach Jim McElwain, spending millions in buyout monies in order to change the direction of the football program and making McElwain the 17th highest-paid coach in the nation at nearly $4 million in 2015 (bonus included).

Florida also spent millions of dollars to build the Gators an indoor practice facility in the offseason, one larger than expected and constructed in a shorter window of time than initially planned – at McElwain’s request.

But when it comes to the contracts of its assistant coaches, Florida ranks right in the middle of the Southeastern Conference, according to an annual database created by USA Today.

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How coaching searches could shake up Jim McElwain’s first Florida Gators staff

Coaching jobs will be changing hands across the country in the coming days and weeks, but while the Florida Gators have their head coach in place – Jim McElwain not only performed above expectations at 10-2 but is a national coach of the year candidate – that does not mean Florida’s staff is not susceptible to changes.

Here’s who could leave the Gators and how it might impact Florida as it looks to haul in a top recruiting class, continuing momentum built over the course of a tremendous 2015 season.

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Snell’s Slant: Jim McElwain needs to take a hard look at the Florida Gators offense

By Shannon Snell – OnlyGators.com Featured Columnist

Just two weeks ago, I had no doubt in my mind that the Florida Gators would handily beat both Vanderbilt and Florida Atlantic. But I had no clue that either game would have been so close or so ugly to watch. I knew at some point during this football season that Florida would eventually struggle.

I mean, this is Jim McElwain first year as a head coach in the SEC, and he inherited a program that was short on explosive playmakers and leadership. That’s recipe for disaster. The thing is … the Gators started the season white hot behind the arm of unknown quarterback Will Grier and a bunch of young inexperienced guys in the skilled positions. For all it’s worth, everyone knew the defense – led by Jonathan Bullard and Vernon Hargreaves III – would be good, but it’s exceeded expectations.

But then something happened. Grier was suspended, injuries have started piling up, and this team doesn’t resemble anything near what I it was a month ago.

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Snell’s Slant: Trap game alert for Gators as Florida looks to build on success at Mizzou

By Shannon Snell – OnlyGators.com Featured Columnist

Forget that “Big Boss” nickname I’ve carried for so long. Pardon me, Floyd Mayweather Jr., but you all can just call me “Money” now. Take a look at how I ended last week’s column, as Adam so generously reposted on Sunday:

“Now, here comes No. 3 Ole Miss. Almost no one gives Florida a chance to win this game, which makes the Gators even more dangerous. Florida has nothing to lose and everything to gain. UF is supposed to be two or three years away from making a serious run at the College Football Playoff … but what if the Gators beat the Rebels? What if Florida comes in and plays their best games of the season while Ole Miss takes them lightly? Auburn has made this type of turnaround before. It is not impossible. Head coach Jim McElwain will have the Gators ready to play Saturday night; the Rebels better be ready for a dogfight.”

Look, I’m no football genius, but I can say that I’ve been in similar situations in my life when it pertains to football. Ole Miss started reading its own newspaper clippings and thought it was a lot better than it was in reality. No doubt about it, the Rebels are a talented football team. A mere two weeks ago, they knocked off one of the best teams in the country in the Alabama Crimson Tide. But this is SEC football at its best. If you do not come ready to play every single week, you can get beat very convincingly by an opponent you underestimate, such as Ole Miss did Florida. The Rebels clearly did not match the same intensity that the Gators started with from the first snap.

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Florida Gators have figured out the action and reaction … now what about ‘number three?’

No. 11 Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain met with the media on Monday to go over his team’s dominant 38-10 victory over the Ole Miss Rebels as well as Florida’s upcoming game against the Missouri Tigers on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

(Portions of his post-game press conference from Saturday are also included.)

McElwain discussed the Gators’ surge in success, redshirt freshman quarterback Will Grier and how Florida must be careful not to suffer a letdown on Saturday at Missouri.

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Florida Football Friday Final: Tim Tebow evaluates Gators QB Will Grier, UF needs OL to step up

We’re back with Florida Football Friday Final, where OnlyGators.com takes a last look at the Florida Gators as they prepare for their first Southeastern Conference home contest under head coach Jim McElwain.

The Gators (3-0) will take on the Tennessee Volunteers (2-1) on Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida. The game will kick off at 3:30 p.m. and air live on CBS.

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Florida Gators practice update: Four injuries, three suspensions … and two quarterbacks?

Will the Florida Gators starting quarterback be decided before the team’s season opener against New Mexico State on Sept. 5? Only head coach Jim McElwain knows for sure, but he certainly made it seem Friday like he would feel perfectly comfortable if the gig was still up for grabs in two weeks.

“We’ll be OK if we go into [the first game] and let them kind of play and kind of go from there and see who plays under the lights the best, you know, might be a two[-quarterback situation],” he said.

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