Jim McElwain released a heart felt set of tweets earlier today after the news was released that he would be leaving Colorado State for the job at Florida.
From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank Ram Nation for all you've done for me. I've met some truly amazing & loyal fans here. (1/3)— Jim McElwain (@CoachMcElwain) December 4, 2014
I am excited and honored to be the head football coach for the University of Florida, but will carry the Rams with me forever. (3/3)— Jim McElwain (@CoachMcElwain) December 4, 2014
Players on the team had great things to say about coach McElwain and wished him luck in the future with the Gators.
Here is what wide receiver Joe Hansley had to say:
Glad I had the opportunity to play for such a good coach. Congrats and good luck to coach Mac... Now let's go win this bowl game #RamNation✊— Jerm (@JoeHansley) December 4, 2014
No hard feelings at all its a career move.. strictly business— Jerm (@JoeHansley) December 4, 2014
Here is what Ram's quarterback Garrett Grayson told the public:
At the end of the day we all need to say thank u. Coach Mac had a dream n we live in a country where dreams become a reality if u work hard.— Garrett Grayson (@gbg_18) December 4, 2014
He helped bring back @CSUFootball to the level it used to be and now it's OUR job as a community and a university to keep it there!— Garrett Grayson (@gbg_18) December 4, 2014
And Grayson's message to Gator's fans:
And for the @GatorZoneNews y'all just got one HELL of a coach. I won't be surprised if y'all are national champs in 2-3 years! Good luck!!— Garrett Grayson (@gbg_18) December 4, 2014
Even with the hard news of a coach leaving, it is good to see the players not taking it personally but rather seeing how big of an opportunity this was for their football coach.