Alabama offensive coordinator Jim McElwain has accepted the daunting task of resurrecting Colorado State football.
The Rams have hired McElwain to succeed Steve Fairchild as the school’s new head coach. Fairchild led the Rams to a record of 3-9 each of the past three seasons and concluded his tenure with an overall record of 16-33.
McElwain, who will continue his coaching responsibilities at Alabama through the BCS title game, is expected to receive a five-year contract in the range of $1.5 million per season from Colorado State University.
Since arriving at the University of Alabama in 2008, McElwain has been a major catalyst in the program’s success. During his tenure at UA the Crimson Tide have amassed an overall record of 47-6, won the SEC crown, captured the school’s first Heisman Trophy, and earned the 13th national championship in program history.
On Jan. 9, in his final game at Alabama, McElwain will look to guide the Crimson Tide offense to the school’s 14th national championship and second championship in three seasons.
UPDATE I: Jim McElwain was officially introduced as the new Colorado State head coach at a press conference in Fort Collins, Colorado earlier today.
UPDATE II: McElwain’s contract is a five-year deal worth $1.35 million annually. McElwain will receive an additional $150,000 in bonus money if proper graduation rates are met and no NCAA violations take place.