Colorado State hiring Jim McElwain?

Colorado State hiring Jim McElwain?

December 13th, 2011 by David Paschall in Sports - College

In this Dec. 29, 2008, file photo, Alabama offensive coordinator Jim McElwain, left, talks with quarterback Greg McElroy (12) during football practice in New Orleans. Colorado State has scheduled a news conference for Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011, to introduce its new football coach amid reports that it is McElwain.

Photo by Associated Press/Times Free Press.

Media outlets in Alabama and Colorado were reporting Monday night that University of Alabama offensive coordinator Jim McElwain will be introduced today as Colorado State's new head coach.

Colorado State has scheduled a lunchtime news conference.

McElwain is in his fourth season at Alabama, helping oversee a 47-6 record compiled by the Crimson Tide. He is expected to remain with Alabama through its BCS championship date with LSU in New Orleans on Jan. 9.

Under McElwain's guidance, Alabama set a single-season school record by amassing 5,642 yards in 2009 and topped it last year with 5,773 yards in one less game. Former Tide quarterback Greg McElroy set school records last season in completion percentage (70.9), touchdown passes (20) and yards (2,987).

McElwain, 49, was raised in Montana and played at Eastern Washington. He would replace Steve Fairchild, who went 7-6 in 2008 but 3-9 each of the past three seasons for a 16-33 mark.

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