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Jim McElwain: Florida Gators have received death threats after 3-3 start

GAINESVILLE - The Florida Gators' 3-3 start is causing some fans to become irrational - even by college football standards.

UF coach Jim McElwain said there have been death threats made against people related to his program.

"There's a lot of hate in this world and a lot of anger and yet it's freedom to show it," McElwain said Monday during his weekly news conference. "The hard part is obviously when the threats against your own players, death threats to your families, the ill will that's brought upon out there, and yet I think it's really one of those deals that really is a pretty good testament to what's going on out there nationally. A lot of angry people. In in this business we're the ones they take the shots at, and that's the way it is."

McElwain declined to elaborate on the threats but said he isn't surprised by them. 

"You're in the business, that's all part of it," McElwain said. "When it's directed towards your players, when it's directed to families, wives, that kind of thing ... and yet at the same time they know what they signed up for as well. That's part of the business."

The Gators play No. 3 Georgia on Saturday.


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