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             === Colorado State tabs Jim McElwain as head coach ===
 Fort  Collins,  CO (Sports  Network) - Colorado  State named Alabama offensive
 coordinator Jim McElwain as its new head football coach on Tuesday.
 McElwain  replaces Steve  Fairchild, who  was fired  December 4th  after going
 16-33 in four seasons with the Rams.
 "In  Jim McElwain,  we have a coach who has throughout his career demonstrated
 the  level  of excellence  we're  aiming  for  at  Colorado State,  and  we're
 confident  he's the right man to lead us to a bold new era for Rams football,"
 said  athletic  director Jack Graham.  "Not only has  Jim excelled at the very
 highest  levels in college football, but he's spent time in the NFL, he's been
 part  of  rebuilding programs  and he's  a native Westerner.  He really is the
 right coach at the right time."
 McElwain also had coaching stints at Fresno State, Michigan State, Louisville,
 Eastern Washington and the NFL's Oakland Raiders.
 12/13 16:44:36 ET