Thursday, December 4, 2014

Carousel Notes: Details on Jim McElwain to Florida Deal

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So, now that the University of Florida negotiated new head coach Jim McElwain's way out of Colorado State, the question is what did it take for that to happen.

The Gators obviously were balking at the $7.5 million buyout, which held up things after their contingent visited McElwain early in the week at his Fort Collins home.

According to reports, here's what it took to pry the man to Gainesville:

---$3 million, paid out over the next 6 years
---$2 million from McElwain himself
---$2 million (approx) for a game in Gainesville sometime in the next 5 years

According to, McElwain will get $3.5 million per year to coach the Gators. Response thus far has been overwhelmingly positive in most circles and we agree, he's the best coach they could have found for THAT job.

Florida Athletic Director Jeremy Foley released a statement via the Football Team Twitter page:

The school also said McElwain's introductory press conference would likely take place on Saturday.

Breathe easy Gator fans, you did well. The bizarre courtship aside, this was the guy that you should be happy you got. There wasn't anything better out there. You were not going to get a "Big Name" guy. That guy doesn't exist. You got the best available.

Deal with it.

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