FORT COLLINS — The Jim McElwain Bowl doesn’t have the same sizzle now that it is finally here.
His departure as Colorado State’s head coach to become the leader at Florida is the reason the game is being played. It was tied in as part of his $7.5 million buyout, including a $2 million guarantee for the Rams to make the trip to Gainesville this Saturday (2 p.m.; SEC). McElwain’s very public departure — then-Florida AD Jeremy Foley made no secret McElwain was his guy as he headed to Fort Collins — came at the end of the 2014 season. In 2015, McElwain had the Gators in the SEC Championship game, but halfway through last year, his tenure was over.
Florida contributed $3 million to the buyout (paid over six years), while McElwain contributed $2 million (also paid over a period of time).
As the two teams play this week, he’ll be in Michigan as the wide receivers coach. That means less questions for CSU head coach Mike Bobo and the McElwain-era players still on roster.
The game still is awfully familiar to Bobo, however, as he was a part of one of the biggest rivalries in the south. The Florida-Georgia matchup, dubbed in the 1950s as “The World’s Largest Cocktail Party,” has been played every year since 1926 with a two-year break during World War II.
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