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Jim McElwain is officially Florida's head coach

It was only a matter of time before a compromise of a buyout for Jim McElwain would be reached between Florida and Colorado State.

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

News came out late Wednesday night that provided a glimmer of hope for Colorado State to keep head coach Jim McElwain. Florida officials were saying a deal would be difficult to be reached for McElwain if the buyout was not reduced, well that lasted less than 12 hours.

Thursday morning, Florida announced that McElwain will be the next head coach for the Gators and is replacing Will Muschamp.

Cover your eyes Rams fans for what is next.

Colorado State put up a decent sized fight to keep McElwain as its head coach, but the power, allure and money of Florida was too much. McElwain heads back to the SEC where he once coached as Alabama's offensive coordinator from 2008-11 where he helped lead the Crimson Tide to three BCS bowl games and two BCS national titles.

McElwain helped rebuild Colorado State to a 22-16 record over his three years, including winning 10 games in 2014 and earning a top 25 ranking for the first time since 2003.

Now the Rams will be looking for another head coach and hope that the new man in charge can keep up the momentum that McElwain built over the past three years.