It seems the Colorado State Rams and head coach Jim McElwain are looking to add some stiff competition to their future football schedules. Via the Denver Post:
Colorado State is close to getting coach Jim McElwain back to Tuscaloosa, Ala., two years after he left. CSU appears to be working out details of a two-game deal with Alabama, a college football source said late Friday night.
The tentative framework is this: Both games will be played in Tuscaloosa, in 2013 and 2015, and Colorado State stands to get more than $1 million for each game.
The game against Alabama makes sense as McElwain was the Crimson Tide offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 2008-11. Alabama won won two national championships during McElwain's tenure in Tuscaloosa. He was hired as Colorado State coach after the 2011 season.
The Rams are just 3-8 this season, in McElwain's debut as a head coach. Colorado State is coming off a 42-14 drubbing at the hands of Boise State on Saturday, and finish the season next weekend against New Mexico. The Rams faithful can, however, take solace in the fact that McElwain defeated in-state rival Colorado in the first game of the season, 22-17.
The article also indicates that McElwain and the program initially thought of adding BYU to the upcoming schedule, but backed off for now.