GAINESVILLE -- Florida still has one assistant job opening, but new coach Jim McElwain is in no rush to tab a receivers coach to finalize his staff.
“I don't know that I had a timetable for anybody, nor do I have a timetable for anybody within the infrastructure within the organization in general. The key is to get the best guy,” he said.
“The guy that is going to affect these young men’s lives. Allow them to perfect their craft. There's a lot of things going on out there in the world of football. I do know this, I think you guys will be happy with him."
McElwain, who coached wideouts at four different stops in his career, is taking a patient approach to the hire.
“We’ve got a ton of interest,” he said.
“There’s a lot of components that go into that. And so we’re still … look, am I just going to throw a dart at that board over there. No. Do I have a firm short list? Yeah. Am I ready to pull the trigger the plug right now and go at it? We’ll make it right.”
The new coach will inherit a green position group, with only sophomore Demarcus Robinson producing any sort of consistent production. Robinson finished the year with 53 receptions for 810 yards and seven touchdowns.
Chris Leak was Florida’s seventh receivers coach in as many seasons, but the former UF quarterback will not be on McElwain’s staff.
McElwain wasn’t aware of the seven assistants in seven years factoid, but he acknowledged continuity is key in developing the position.
“I knew there had been some changeover,” he explained.
“But I think part of what we need to do, and that is part of the reason I’m being probably so patient on the positions, is to make sure we get that right ingredient, that right person to give these guys some normality in their lives.
“I’ve been around some great ones and have known, I know what it takes to handle that room, for lack of a better term. That’s why I’m kind of sitting back."
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