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Colorado State names assistant Dave Baldwin interim coach after McElwain leaves for Florida

  • FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2014, file photo, Colorado State head coach Jim McElwain talks in his headset during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Boston College in Boston. A person familiar with the search says Florida has hired McElwain as its next football coach. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, on the condition of anonymity because the Gators have not announced details of their coaching search. The person says McElwain officially accepted the job Wednesday after working out deal to reduce a $7.5 million buyout. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2014, file photo, Colorado State head coach Jim McElwain talks in his headset during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Boston College in Boston. A person familiar with the search says Florida has hired McElwain as its next football coach. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, on the condition of anonymity because the Gators have not announced details of their coaching search. The person says McElwain officially accepted the job Wednesday after working out deal to reduce a $7.5 million buyout. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2013, file photo, Colorado State head coach Jim McElwain watches from the sidelines during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala.  A person familiar with the search says Florida has hired McElwain as its next football coach. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, on the condition of anonymity because the Gators have not announced details of their coaching search. The person says McElwain officially accepted the job Wednesday after working out deal to reduce a $7.5 million buyout. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2013, file photo, Colorado State head coach Jim McElwain watches from the sidelines during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala. A person familiar with the search says Florida has hired McElwain as its next football coach. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, on the condition of anonymity because the Gators have not announced details of their coaching search. The person says McElwain officially accepted the job Wednesday after working out deal to reduce a $7.5 million buyout. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)  (The Associated Press)

Colorado State offensive coordinator Dave Baldwin will step in as interim coach for the team's upcoming bowl game after Jim McElwain took the job at Florida.

An emotional McElwain met with his team one final time Thursday in the auditorium where he's gone over many a game plan. There was a roar from inside the room.

McElwain may have used the Rams as a stepping stone to a more high-profile coaching gig with the Gators, but he left the team in great shape.

In three years, McElwain turned a downtrodden program into one that climbed back into the Top 25 this season. The Rams won 10 regular-season games for just the fourth time in school history.