FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Three days after his team’s impressive win over the University of Colorado in the Rocky Mountain Showdown, Colorado State football coach Jim McElwain was still miffed at Denver Mayor Michael Hancock botching his name when handing over the Centennial Cup.
The Rams beat the Buffaloes 31-17 on Friday night at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. During the trophy presentation, Hancock forgot McElwain’s name and called him “McIntyre” over the stadium’s public-address system, confusing him with Colorado coach Mike McIntyre.
McElwain was not happy, taking the microphone to correct the mayor before handing it back.
As Monday’s formal weekly news conference wrapped up, McElwain brought up the subject again.
“I will say one thing, I do understand where we are on the food chain from a relevance standpoint because the mayor doesn’t even know my name,” McElwain said. “The guy needed help, man. Somebody pointed that out, that nobody thinks much of us, even though how many alums do we have in the Denver area? Like the most of any university there is? And yet the mayor doesn’t even know the head ball coach’s name.
“I guess that really shows where we are and where I am as a program. … Boy, that makes a guy feel good. Guy giving you the trophy and can’t spit your name out. Shows you how much they care about Colorado State, right?”
On Hancock’s Twitter feed Monday night, the mayor apologized for the slip-up.
Soon after on McElwain’s Twitter feed, it appeared the coach accepted the apology and was ready to move on.