Peach Bowl: Michigan football nicknamed Jim McElwain ‘Uncle Mac’

Call the Peach Bowl another Jim McElwain Bowl, of sorts.
Jim McElwain may be gone from the Gators, but he still recruited the bulk of this team. (Times file)
Jim McElwain may be gone from the Gators, but he still recruited the bulk of this team. (Times file)
Published December 27 2018

ATLANTA — The Florida Gators missed out on the possibility of a second Jim McElwain Bowl when the former UF coach left his job as Michigan receivers coach to take over Central Michigan.

And yet, he still made an impact on both programs that will play in Saturday's Peach Bowl.

McElwain's fingerprints are all over the Gators; he recruited most of the players on No. 10 UF, and the memories of his two bad losses to the Wolverines are still fresh in the locker room and in the fan base.

Michigan remembers McElwain fondly for what he added to Jim Harbaugh's staff during his brief tenure.

"He brought a wealth of experience as well as a calming personality," Michigan passing game coordinator Pep Hamilton said. "We called him Uncle Mac for that reason.

"He had a way not just with our players but even with myself and our staff of just sharing a reference point and things that he's experienced over the years with the staff at the right times. We'll miss Coach Mac, and we wish him the best down at Central Michigan."

I'll have more from Peach Bowl interviews later today.

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