A profanity-laced video of Jim McElwain berating running back Kelvin Taylor emerged after the team’s 31-24 win over the weekend, and the Florida head coach isn’t particularly fond of the memory.
Per Matt Baker of the Tampa Bay Times, McElwain didn’t apologize for the emotion-fueled discussion with the junior but regrets the way he lashed out at Taylor.
“I’m not proud of it—and neither’s my mother,” the first-year Gators coach said.
McElwain screamed at Taylor for being flagged with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after the son of NFL great Fred Taylor scored a touchdown and subsequently made a throat-slash gesture that his father once did toward the crowd.
“Look at me! Don’t look down! F—— be a man! You f—— let your team down,” McElwain shouted.
On Monday, Fred responded to the comments while appearing on The Dan LeBatard Show. The Hall of Fame-worthy running back said he believes McElwain overreacted but told Kelvin to step up. Per ESPN, Fred said:
“I don’t think he should test his manhood. I think it was a little bit extensive, a little bit much. They’ll figure it out. Either my son is going to fall to it, or he’s going to use it as motivation, as I told him, and go out and play some real ball.”
Florida’s next outing is against Kentucky on Saturday, Sep. 19, at 7:30 p.m. ET, and Taylor is listed third on the depth chart.