College Football Team Getting Paid Record $2 Million For Game This Weekend

first_imgAn interior view of the Florida Gators football stadium.GAINESVILLE, FL – SEPTEMBER 10: A general view as the University of Florida Gators takes on the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 10, 2005 in Gainesville, Florida. Florida defeated Louisiana Tech 41-3. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)Jim McElwain was fired from Florida last year, but the Gators are very much still paying for his tenure, especially with this weekend’s game against Colorado State.Colorado State did a great job on McElwain’s contract when he was head coach of the Rams.He became a hot commodity after a 10-2 2014 season, his third with CSU. He had steady progress, going from 4-8 in his first year, to 8-6, to that 10-win season, which led to him being hired by the Gators.As part of the $7 million buyout Florida paid to Colorado State, the Gators will pay their visitors a record $2 million for this weekend’s game. ESPN has more on the $2 million deal between Florida and Colorado State.The Gators will be paying off their $2 million guarantee to the Rams — the largest single-game payout that any one school has paid to another.[…]“We’re getting paid $2 million?” Rams coach Mike Bobo said. “That’s good.”The previous record for a single-game guarantee that any one school has paid to another without getting any compensation in return was $1.7 million, which Ohio State gave Oregon State earlier this season and will be matched in three other games later this season.McElwain looked to be continuing his success at Florida at first, going 10-4 in his first year in Gainesville. Things slid a bit in year two, despite another SEC East title, and in year three, it became clear that he wasn’t figuring out the long-struggling Gators offense.He finished with a 22-12 (16-8) record in two-plus years at UF.Florida is 1-1 on the year, after falling to Kentucky for the first time in over three decades last weekend. Colorado State is 1-2, but coming off an upset win over another SEC squad, Arkansas.[ESPN]last_img read more

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250G damage to historic home

Fire damaged a home at the corner of Main and Green streets in Waterford on Thursday afternoon. No injuries were reported Thursday in a fire at a historic mansion in downtown Waterford.The fire broke out in an apartment at 180 Main Street South around 3:45 p.m. None of the seven tenants were home when the alarm went up and all had to be relocated once the situation was under control.The Norfolk County Fire Department reports that a third-floor tenant came home Thursday afternoon to discover the building’s fire alarm had been activated. The occupant discovered smoke coming from his apartment.“One of the occupants grabbed a fire extinguisher and opened the door in the hopes of fighting the fire himself,” Michael Atkins, a fire prevention officer with the Norfolk department, said in an email.“However, once the door was opened he quickly realized that the fire was larger than he could handle with an extinguisher, at which time he closed the door and exited the building to call 911.”Norfolk firefighters brought the situation under control quickly and managed to save the structure. Atkins noted that the occupant closed the door to the apartment when he realized he could not knock down the flames with the extinguisher. This was important, Atkins said, because it starved the fire for oxygen while preventing it from spreading into the hallway.Most of the damage was confined to the upper-level unit. An inspection determined that the flames had not spread to the attic.The cold snap that settled over southern Ontario this week presented local firefighters with additional challenges. Atkins said the wind chill at the scene was in the range of -40 degrees C.Firefighters were frustrated when they could not activate two hydrants in the neighbourhood because they were frozen. They were eventually forced open, but Atkins says this did not delay the firefighting effort.Atkins says the Norfolk department prepares for such contingencies during cold weather. Pumper trucks have a water supply of their own while tanker trucks are dispatched to all fires, even those in urban areas where hydrants are nearby.“The crews did encounter frozen caps on a couple hydrants,” Atkins said. “But they did access another hydrant before they even needed to use the water from the tanker trucks on scene. It had zero impact on the firefighting operations.”An investigation has determined that the fire is not suspicious. A cause has yet to be determined. A preliminary estimate pegs the damage at $250,000. Fire was restricted to the apartment unit in question but there is water damage in other parts of the building.The Norfolk department reports that the building is insured. However, it is not known if tenants were insured for contents.The 19th-century mansion was built as the home of the Becker and York families, merchants in the early history of Waterford. The Becker and York families were related by marriage to the Sovereign (sometimes spelled Sovereen) family, another of the town’s founding families.Karen Lindsay of Waterford, a member of the Waterford and Townsend Historical Society and a past executive member, said the mansion later served as a hospital and after that as a [email protected] Contributed photo read more

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