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Colorado State Announces Jim McElwain As New Head Football Coach

Colorado State introduced Alabama offensive coordinator Jim McElwain as the team's new head football coach.

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Jim McElwain Will Continue As Alabama's Offensive Coordinator Through 2012 BCS National Title Game

Jim McElwain was announced as the Colorado St. Rams new head football coach on Tuesday afternoon, but he'll be wearing a dual-hat through Jan. 9 when the 2012 BCS National Championship Game pits his No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide against the No. 1 LSU Tigers. He will provide continuity for the Crimson Tide for the remainder of the season by finishing out his duties as offensive coordinator.

While this could potentially work against him, it should actually help Colorado State in the recruiting process over the final weeks leading up to National Signing Day in February. Throughout the whole game, the announcers will almost certainly mention McElwain's move to Colorado State, especially if the Alabama offense comes out slow (though, if the game is a low-scoring affair like the November contest how will we be able to tell?).

McElwain coached the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner, Mark Ingram, and had Trent Richardson finish in third place this season.

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Colorado St. University Introduces Jim McElwain As New Head Coach

The Colorado St. Rams held a press conference Tuesday afternoon to introduce Jim McElwain as the new head football coach for the Rams. McElwain is currently finishing his tenure as the offensive coordinator for the Alabama Crimson Tide, who will be playing in the BCS National Championship this coming January.

CSU Athletic Director Jack Graham and university President Tony Frank both spoke at the press conference, detailing their search process, which included assistance from a clinical psychologist and an outside consulting firm. They also noted that Coach McElwain will begin recruiting immediately until Dec 19, which is when all universities must stop recruiting for the year.

McElwain showed no lack of confidence during the press conference, which aired simultaneously on 9News.com. Of greatest interest to the incoming coach was a change in the football program's culture, saying he wanted the program to employ a mentality that declares: "We are Colorado State, and here we come."

Despite his claim that he planned to win every game in the 2012 season, he also offered a more realistic assessment of the state of Rams football, saying, "I look forward to this challenge. I know we have a long way to go."

Coach McElwain also praised the passion of the Jack Graham and President Frank, saying, "I've never talked to a president who's more proud of his faculty and of the people who make this place great."

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Alabama OC Jim McElwain Expected To Be Colorado State's Next Head Coach, According To Reports

The Colorado St. Rams are expected to announce Alabama Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Jim McElwain as the school's next head coach, according to multiple reports. No word on how soon the announcement will be, though speculation was that it could happen on Monday.

McElwain was linked to the position over the weekend, and he has already turned down the Fresno St. Bulldogs and the Memphis Tigers). If he is hired, is is unknown if he will coach the Crimson Tide in the BCS National Championship Game or if he would immediately leave the university and start building the Rams up.

McElwain's had previously coached for Fresno State and developed them into offensive machines. He also did that at Alabama with the immense wealth of talent he has had to work with, namely running back Trent Richardson and quarterback A.J. McCarron this year. He previously had wide receiver Julio Jones to work with as well.

The Rams had put up three straight 3-9 records with Steve Fairchild at the helm. He and athletic director Paul Kowalczyk are no longer with the school while new AD Jack Graham is looking to make a signature move early on in his tenure at the position.

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Colorado State To Hold Major Press Conference On Thursday Afternoon

Colorado State will hold a press conference on Thursday afternoon to make a "major announcement" about the athletics department. The press conference will begin at 1:00 p.m. MT. It is widely believed to be for the firing of football head coach Steve Fairchild.

The Colorado St. Rams have one game left, against Wyoming, on Saturday before the season ends. The team currently stands at 3-8 and a loss would send the Rams to their third consecutive 3-9 season. Fairchild has had only one winning season with the team, his first in 2008. The team went 7-6 and won the New Mexico Bowl.

If the press conference isn't to announce Fairchild's firing, then that's going to be a real curveball.

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