Florida: No buyout discussed with coach Jim McElwain or reps

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin says the school has not had any conversations with embattled coach Jim McElwain or his representatives regarding a contract buyout.

Stricklin's statement Saturday was in response to a tweet from a sports lawyer that quoted an anonymous source saying Florida and agent Jimmy Sexton have engaged in buyout negotiations and are "miles apart."

The sports lawyer, Darren Heitner, also tweeted that Florida has called boosters to pool money in anticipation of hiring a new coach.

Stricklin said: "No one representing the University of Florida or our athletic department has had any conversations with Coach McElwain or his representatives regarding a buyout of his contract."

McElwain created a firestorm Monday when he said Florida players and families received death threats amid the team's struggles.