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McElwain to leave Tide for Colorado State HC job

Jim McElwain

After two apparent false starts in the past week, it appears Jim McElwain is indeed ready to — finally — start his head-coaching career.

Probably, at least based on how the last week or so has gone.

According to the Colorado State website, the Alabama offensive coordinator is expected to be named as the Rams’ new head coach, with an announcement possibly coming from the school as early as today.  McElwain has been Nick Saban‘s coordinator since 2008, and has been mentioned in connection to a handful of head-coaching opportunities the past two years.

In a press release, Colorado State announced they will hold a press conference at noon local time Tuesday to introduce their next head coach.  While the release did not reveal the identity of the coach, the Birmingham News has confirmed McElwain is leaving the Tide for CSU.

There’s been no official word on McElwain’s status for the BcS championship game against LSU next month, although the News writes that “coach Nick Saban met Monday with Alabama staff members to work on replacing the offensive coordinator after three seasons.”

Last week, it was reported that Memphis had offered its head-coaching job to McElwain, who accepted the position only to — allegedly — change his mind a short time later.  Shortly after the report surfaced, the coordinator was pointed to as one of the two finalists for the Fresno State vacancy.  He pulled his name from consideration for that job, and had second thoughts on the Memphis job as well, due to concerns over the budget for and commit to the football programs.

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11 Responses to “McElwain to leave Tide for Colorado State HC job”
  1. suprmous says: Dec 12, 2011 6:12 PM

    Well well now isn’t this surprisin.

  2. brian327 says: Dec 12, 2011 6:45 PM

    The school has confirmed that they will introduce the new HC at a press conference tomorrow at noon and the Denver Post is reporting that it will be McElwain.

  3. woebegong says: Dec 12, 2011 8:30 PM

    That’s gonna hurt recruiting for a bit.

  4. alabamacowboy says: Dec 13, 2011 12:06 AM

    LMAO…from the penthouse to the outhouse

  5. saintcasey says: Dec 13, 2011 4:49 AM

    Penthouse to outhouse? Alabama football to Colorado State Football, yes. From Tuscaloosa to Fort Collins CO, not so much.

  6. bozosforall says: Dec 13, 2011 10:07 AM

    McElwain, the Brett Favre of college football coaches.

  7. woebegong says: Dec 13, 2011 10:14 AM

    Well, at least he is going to one of the most beautiful states in the country. Takes about six weeks to get used to the altitude and then he will be OK. Carry some handkerchiefs around for the first six weeks though as your nose will start bleeding on a moments notice.
    Drop he accent real quick though, LOL. They will kid you to death about it.

  8. glamb29 says: Dec 13, 2011 11:53 AM

    How is that bailing? Pretty nice first heading coaching job if you ask me.
    Don’t be a hater with your headlines.

    Wobegone, which accent? The southern one or the California one? He’s only been in Bama 3 years. Doubt he picked up much of one.

  9. bamablondee says: Dec 13, 2011 12:05 PM

    Bails? Thats stupid reporting. Im proud that he is moving on….he has been a great OC. As far as hurting recruiting….are you serious??? Do you think kids come to Bama for McElwain??? LMAO….They come for SABAN. PERIOD. Congrats to McElwain….Im just glad Kirby Smart is still with us, for now anyway. ROLL TIDE BOYS!!

  10. woebegong says: Dec 13, 2011 2:34 PM


    Ok then, only 3 years he is safe. He can get away with it then, as it hasn’t settled in on him yet. Now 5 years and he may have been doomed to be one of us, LOL.

  11. lasseter1113 says: Dec 13, 2011 2:35 PM

    Does anybody have any ideas of who Saban might go get to replace him? I think this will actually be a very good thing for Alabama football right now. Deb if you are around I have a question for you…..

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