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Jim McElwain Rated 'Best Of The Rest' Hire By SI.com

How good of a hire Jim McElwain will be for the Colorado St. Rams is, obviously, going to take a few years to determine, but he does look ready to resurrect a moribund team. He has the pedigree of coming from a BCS national championship program with the Alabama Crimson Tide and has served under one of the top college coaches, Nick Saban.

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Sports Illustrated's Stewart Mandel offers a positive assessment of McElwain in his coaching hire ratings:

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Colorado State (Jim McElwain): Alabama's offensive coordinator the past four years spent much of his career in the West and is well prepared to be a head coach.

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Sights are probably set higher than this, but Goal No. 1 should be to win at least four games in 2012.

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