Jim McElwain Completes Coaching Staff With Addition Of Al Simmons

Jim McElwain has added Al Simmons formerly of UTEP to his coaching staff. Simmons will be the defensive coordinator.

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Jim McElwain Hires 4 More Assistants, Including Wyoming Defensive Coordinator Marty English

New Colorado State football coach Jim McElwain announced the addition of four coaches to his staff on Tuesday. One of those additions comes from about an hour up the road -- Marty English is leaving the Wyoming football program for CSU.

The hirees are Marty English (defensive line), Derek Frazier (offensive line), Jeff Hammerschmidt (special teams) and Alvis Whitted (wide receivers).

The additions bring his staff to 11 members. In addition to position coaches, football operations and strength and conditioning coaches are in place.

Related: Jim McElwain Hires Tim Skipper As Colorado State Assistant Coach

McElwain still needs a defensive coordinator since English is moving to the defensive line, and says he hopes to have one soon.

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Jim McElwain Hires Billy Napier As Colorado State Assistant Coach

The Colorado State Rams have hired Billy Napier to fill a role within the team's new football coaching staff, as the school announced on Wednesday. New Rams head coach Jim McElwain made the announcement just two days after winning a BCS National Championship in final game as a coach for Alabama.

Along with McElwain, Napier spent the 2011 season as an assistant coach for Alabama. Before his short stint with the Crimson Tide, Napier was the offensive coordinator for Clemson in 2009 and 2010, and his new role with Colorado State will once again be on the offensive side of things. Clemson's offense set school records under Napier, including the most points in school history in 2009. Napier is the fifth member to be added to McElwain's new coaching staff.

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Jim McElwain Hires Tim Skipper As Colorado State Assistant Coach

Jim McElwain is wearing dual hats as the Alabama Crimson Tide offensive coordinator and as the Colorado State Rams' new head coach. While prepping for the BCS National Championship Game, McElwain announced that Tim Skipper will be an assistant coach on his news staff.

More: Jim McElwain Prepares For LSU vs. Alabama 2012

This comes just one day after the university announced the hiring of Utah State's Dave Baldwin as offensive coordinator. Since 2006, Skipper has coached at the FBS level for the Fresno St. Bulldogs, fist as running backs coach for three years and then moving to the defense for the last three.

As the press release notes, Skipper developed current San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews into a first-round pick while at Fresno State. Skipper comes from a football family, as his father is the Tennessee Titans' running backs coach and his brother holds the same position with the Oakland Raiders.

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Jim McElwain Hires Utah State OC Dave Baldwin For Colorado State Position

While Jim McElwain is preparing for the 2012 BCS National Championship with his Alabama Crimson Tide, it appears that he is also working hard at building his coaching staff for the Colorado St. Rams. McElwain is set to hire Utah State Aggies offensive coordinator Dave Baldwin to assume the same duties with the Rams, according to Kraig Williams of the Deseret News.

UPDATE: Baldwin was announced as the new offensive coordinator on Wednesday.

Baldwin developed a strong ground game for the Aggies this season with Robert Turbin rushing for 1,517 yards and 19 touchdowns. Michael Smith ran for 870 yards as well. The Aggies were sixth in the nation with 282.7 yards per game. However, Williams points out that no everyone was happy with an offense that finished 96th overall in passing:

Despite the lofty rankings, Baldwin's offense was sometimes criticized by fans for being overly conservative, specifically not utilizing the passing attack enough finishing (USU finished 96th in the country in passing yards).

McElwain assumes full time duties of the Rams once the BCS title game between Alabama and LSU ends on Jan. 9. At that point, we should start to learn who will be on McElwain's staff.

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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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