Florida football coach Jim McElwain mutually agreed to part ways with the school Sunday in part because he failed to disclose or produce evidence of death threats to university officials.
The news caused former Florida basketball standout Matt Walsh to reveal via Twitter that he once received a death threat during his Gator playing career.
“Fun fact regarding death threats and UF,” Walsh tweeted in a message on his verified account. “I actually did receive a death threat, freshman year. Two page letter dropped at bball offices. Coaches and my parents chose not to tell me until after the season. It was actually pretty well written. Most hurtful line … ‘Walsh is a no talent (expletive).’ I had a copy of it for years, not sure where it is now. Guy felt strongly that Christian Drejer should have played more than me. Good stuff, considering I’m still here.”
Walsh played at UF from 2002-05 and was the MVP of the 2005 SEC Tournament, leading the Gators to their first SEC Tournament title by scoring 26 points in the title game against Kentucky. The 6-foot-6 guard left UF following his junior season and after a brief stint in the NBA with the Miami Heat, went on to a 12-year playing career overseas before retiring last year.
On the road, Walsh was often the target of fan taunts, particularly at Kentucky. In 2004, Kentucky administrators sent a formal letter of apology to Florida after Kentucky fans chanted homophobic slurs toward Walsh during a game. But Walsh said he never received death threats from Kentucky
Despite the death threat, Walsh said he had no regrets about playing at Florida.
“Let me make this clear,” Walsh tweeted. “No place better to play than UF. Crazy fans everywhere.”