By Anthony Caruso III
Just hours after Hugh Freeze signed an extension to stay with the Ole Miss Rebels, the Florida Gators are nearing a contract with Jim McElwain, the Colorado State Rams head coach. An official announcement could come as soon as Wednesday.
Both McElwain and Gators Athletic Director Jeremy Foley met for several hours today in Fort Collins, Colorado to get close to a deal. Should he agree to become the Gators coach, Foley will have to work out a $7.5 million buyout with Colorado State.
Following Muschamp’s loss in Tallahassee, Florida, Foley talked to McElwain over the phone on Saturday night.
This season, the Rams have a 10-2 record. This past Saturday, they lost to the Air Force Falcons on the final play, and may have cost Colorado State a major bowl bid from the “group of five” conferences.
Each year, his teams have increased their win-loss record. From 2009 through 2011, the Rams went 3-9 for three straight seasons.
But under McElwain, he’s gone 4-8, 8-6, and now 10-2 in his third season.
Foley had good success going out West to find Urban Meyer, who was the Utah Utes head coach in the Western Athletic Conference. Meyer, who spent six years in Gainesville, Florida, and led the team to two national championships and was annually in the Top 15 of recruiting classes.
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