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Colorado State Football 2012: Jim McElwain Hopes To Emulate Nick Saban's Practice Methods

New Colorado State Rams head coach Jim McElwain has been making it clear that changes are in store for the school's football program ever since his hiring was announced. As Kelly Lyell of Coloradoan.com writes, it appears that the new coach will be doing his best to emulate the man that he worked with at his previous gig, Alabama's Nick Saban, in making the Rams a winning team.

[The Rams' old practice method] was similar, former coach Steve Fairchild said, to the way NFL teams run their practices, and his seven seasons in the professional league had convinced him that was the best way to prepare his team for the coming season. McElwain, though, prefers the style of practice that Nick Saban runs at Alabama, where the new CSU coach spent the past four years as the offensive coordinator.

Lyell goes into detail explaining how McElwain is transitioning the Rams to the kind of practice methods used by Saban rather than the ones used by Fairchild, the team's previous coach. With McElwain taking what appears to be a more serious approach than Fairchild ever did, maybe Colorado State can begin to turn things around.

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