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Amid Florida’s struggles, Jim McElwain says there have been death threats

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John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Yes, it’s been a rough year for Florida, and it sounds as if some fans’ discontent with the Gators’ season is getting out of hand.

Florida coach Jim McElwain said Monday during his weekly news conference that there have been death threats made against his coaches, his family and even his players.

“I think it’s a pretty good lesson for the way things are,” he said about his team’s struggles. “… The hard part is, obviously, when the threats are against your own players. Death threats to your families.”

McElwain did not go into further detail.

“There’s a lot of angry people out there,” he said.

Monday night, the University Athletic Association released a statement, saying the school “takes the safety of our student-athletes, coaches, staff and families very seriously. Our administration met with Coach McElwain this afternoon and he offered no additional details.”

The Gators have lost their past two games, against LSU and Texas A&M, both in Gainesville, to drop to 3-3 on the season. They meet rival Georgia on Saturday in Jacksonville; Florida has won three in a row in the series.

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