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Colorado State Coaching Search: Alabama Offensive Coordinator Jim McElwain Linked To Opening

The Colorado St. Rams coaching search has been quiet with no word on interviews or candidates coming from the school. Instead there have been coaches publicly saying that they are interested in this opening. So far, current Maryland Terrapin offensive coordinator Gary Crowton and former Colorado Buffalo head coach Gary Barnet have expressed interest.

The latest name to be linked to the Colorado State job is current Alabama offensive coordinator Jim McElwain. McElwain has interviewed for the Fresno State job, but took his name out of the running and now is being associated with Colorado State as well as the Southern Miss opening.

McElwain's resume includes 12 years at the FCS level, two years as Louisville's wide receivers coach, two years as the assistant head coach at Michigan State, one year as a quarterback coach for the Oakland Raiders, a year as Fresno State's offensive coordinator and the past four years as Alabama's offensive coordinator.

He is obviously an offensive guy and that is something Colorado State needs to improve on as a team. Looking at McElwain's offenses from Fresno State and now through Alabama, he has always had an offense that is above average but never great nationally.

With recruiting season hitting the stretch run it would make sense for Colorado State to have a head coach in place as soon as possible and not have their assistants wing it on the recruiting trail.

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