Show everybody the money.

You want to make your dealings public, Gators?  Fine, let’s air that sucker out.

“… the largest such buyout in college football history…”

Wonder if that will escalate the way coaching salaries have.

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52 responses to “Show everybody the money.

  1. A10Penny

    I wonder how long it will take Florida to schedule the game they have no incentive to play.

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    • DC Weez

      Perhaps this game is just a financing ploy. UF schedules the game 3 or 4 years from now, reneges 6 months before the game is scheduled, and then pays the $2 mill. to CSU.

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      • Russ

        They’ll see who CSU hires and the direction of their program. If they’re 10-2 again a few years from now, I suspect the game with suddenly have to be cancelled. If they drop back in the 3-8 mold, sure, they’ll play the game.

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        • Russ

          By “they”, I mean CSU.

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        • Will (The Other One)

          And meanwhile they’re cheering that they didn’t have to schedule a home-and-home, breaking that, what, 40 year tradition of never playing outside the south.

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          • Gaskilldawg

            UF lost at Syracuse in 1992. So it has been 22 years. The Syracuse trip was its first in years and years so it may have once in four decades.

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  2. Fitzdawg

    Now if the football gods have a sense of humor, CSU will use that money to hire Muschamp as their new coach.

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  3. Rick

    Honestly, it’s good for college football, in the same way cupcake games are: it’s a de facto luxury tax that spreads wealth from the big programs to the little ones.

    Not ideal, since it’s more like a luxury tax lottery, but better than nothing.

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  4. Denver94

    There’s a major push for a new on-campus stadium in Ft. Collins. Going public with the McElwain buyout details has everything to do with that.

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  5. DawgPhan

    These buyouts are going to be the only defense that a smaller school has against the larger schools. i would imagine that they will continue to increase.

    A coordinator from a major school needs some HC experience. Smaller school gives it and then gets paid when he leaves for the big job.

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  6. DawgPhan

    CSU also got their head coach for free for the last 3 years. The case portion of the buyout more than covers the salary that he made while there.

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    • Merk

      Yeap, plus they get to sell recruits on the opportunity that they will play an SEC team twice in the next few years.

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  7. I’m beginning to wonder if Jeremy Foley isn’t losing his touch. I can’t help but hear him saying, in a Bill Lumbergh voice, “Heyyyy, Rams. how’s it going? We’re gonna need to, ahhhh, poach the football coach who’s brought you the most success you’ve had since Sonny Lubick’s peak years in the mid-to-late ’90s, mmmmkay? Oh, and we’re kind of trying to trim expenses at the moment, so ahhhh, if you could just dial his buyout down by a few million, that’d be great. Thaaaanks a bunch.”

    I can only imagine how many CSU administrators were making the jerk-off gesture on the other end of the line when that call came through. Unless, of course, they were too busy ROFLing at the rumors Foley was trying to keep Muschamp on as the next coach’s DC.

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  8. Mayor

    As I understand it UGA has no buyout for Mark Richt’s contract. The school had one but did away with it a couple of years ago. Is that right?

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  9. 69Dawg

    Well now Jerome has a lot of skin in the game. It’s not like this guy has Urban’s resume. Ole Urban had a good track record at Bowling Green and Utah. Well the lizards are going to be beside themselves this off season and back to their crazy entitled selves.

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  10. Bulldawg165

    This is astonishing. Surely they could have gotten just as proven as a coach without the huge buyout. I mean…. wow!

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  11. Ben

    This hire doesn’t make sense to me because McElwain just doesn’t seem too unlikable. Yet.

    Also, it would be great if he ends up being an 8 or 9 win/yr coach. Just enough success to keep around but too big of a contract to fire.

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  12. Merk

    New headline: UF pays $2 million for 2 wins between 2017-2020. Also gets new coach.

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  13. Is this a good hire? One good year at CSU and being Alabama’s OC doesn’t tell me much. Hell, I would look like a genius calling run plays with Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson.

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    • Will (The Other One)

      Hell, you could look like a genius with any RB behind the O-line talent he had to work with (won’t quite be the same at Florida).

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    • Biggus Rickus

      I think it’s a good hire. Along with what he did at Alabama, he turned a terrible Fresno State offense into a competent one in his one year there. He rebuilt Colorado State from scratch, basically, and improved their talent as much as one can in three years at a minor school. He may still fail. Plenty of promising coaches have hit the wall at major programs, but I think he’ll be successful, unfortunately.

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      • FisheriesDawg

        Here’s the thing…Florida fans are still spoiled, Agent Muschamp’s fine work notwithstanding. If he doesn’t have them playing for a national title by the 2017 season you’ll start hearing a lot of grumbling from them that he’s not the guy.

        So he could be very successful yet wind up unsuccessful, if you catch my drift.

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        • Biggus Rickus

          I think they’d be fine with him as long as they score, win an East title and don’t fall below 8 wins in his first three years.

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  14. DawgPhan

    he spent some time following John L Smith around so that would explain all the weird money issues with his former and current contracts..

    dont give the guy a checkbook.

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  15. W Cobb Dawg

    Is it too much to hope McBain hires Charlie Weis as OC? Too soon?

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  16. PTC DAWG

    If I was AD at CSU, I would have said show me the money, NOW. 7.5 mill now. They had FU over a barrel. Waiting on money costs money.

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    • This^ Why all the contortions over the payout? If I were CSU I’d have said, “Drop the check for $7.5M on the desk and he’s all yours. If you don’t have it, come back when you do.” What made Foley think he had any standing to negotiate the buyout other than the old saw, “Everything is negotiable”?

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      • Per the former ad the school president told a group of 5 people that if a dream job came along they would reduce or waive the buy out.

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      • The coach then says, I will finish out my contract and in a couple of years when I leave you get nothing.

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        • Hackerdog

          True, but Florida, Michigan, and Nebraska would have had coaches midway through their contracts at that time. Also, I’m sure that McElwain was anxious to get that $2 million/year raise now rather than waiting a couple of more years. CSU had much more leverage than UF, which is why they got $7 million of the $7.5 million buyout.

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  17. 202dawg

    Saw where the Huskers already landed Riley, too. Panic must be hitting Ann Arbor about now… Don’t wanna be last or you’ll pay through the nose sho nuff

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    • Biggus Rickus

      I can’t figure out what the fuck Nebraska is thinking. They fired a guy for going 9-4 every year and replace him with a guy whose best record is 10-4 and who only has two winning seasons in the last five. I doubt Michigan’s sweating that one.

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      • They’re probably thinking Nebraska > Oregon State. (They’re wrong IMO b/c Corvallis is a hell of a lot closer to California than Lincoln; and the Beavers get to go play in places where there is actual talent to recruit, the Huskers don’t do much of that anymore.)

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  18. GATA

    If I’m not mistaken, I thought I read where these buyouts were under consideration as being subject to income tax (imputed income) and the onus is on the coach. I’m not sure if this was a trial balloon being floated or is now within the current rules. However, if it is, this would actually save the coach some income tax as a portion of the buyout is now in exchange for a scheduled game. I now remember reading that this possible change was speculation behind a portion of the rising coaching salaries (we’ll pay you this and more to offset the buyout tax cost). Who knows? Let’s hope the Dawgs go win their 10th game.

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  19. Spike

    I never heard of the guy..

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  20. And Flarduh is gonna pay CSU, another FBS school, 2 million to play in Gainesville. Lol! Wow! Yeah…plenty of money flowing to pay the athletes.

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