New deal

Colorado State signs McElwain to a five year contract

(Monday, August 11th)

(D1SN) - Colorado State football coach Jim McElwain signed a five-year contract Monday that will run through 2019, interim athletic director John Morris confirmed in a statement.

McElwain's contract will increase his base salary to $1.5 million with the potential of earning a bonus of $150,000 based on the team's academic progress rate. He was making $1.35 million in the initial five-year deal he signed in 2011. Colorado State finished the 2013 season with an 8-6 record, including a come-from-behind 48-45 victory over Washington State in the New Mexico Bowl.

"Jim McElwain has breathed new life into our football program," Morris said in the statement. "Last season's exhilarating come-from-behind victory in the New Mexico Bowl illustrated all of the positive attributes McElwain and his staff have infused in their student-athletes the perseverance to never give up and the unique bond to support one another on every play."

McElwain, 52, has compiled a 12-14 record in his two seasons as the Rams' head coach. It's an improvement over three consecutive 3-9 seasons the team recorded before he arrived. The contract includes an increase in how much he has to pay if he leaves CSU before his contract is completed, starting with an initial $7.5 million buyout.

McElwain became CSU's 20th head football coach when he was hired in 2011 to replace Steve Fairchild. He was Alabama's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach under Nick Saban from 2008-11. Prior, he had stops that included Fresno State, Michigan State, Louisville and the Oakland Raiders.

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