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Bama's McElwain takes Colorado State job

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - Colorado State introduced Jim McElwain as its new head coach Tuesday.

McElwain, Alabama's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach since Jan. 30, 2008, becomes Colorado State's 20th head coach.

Athletic director Jack Graham says McElwain's five-year contract includes an annual base salary of $1.35 million. He can earn an additional $150,000 in bonuses.

While he will go to work immediately for his new program, McElwain will still direct Alabama's offense in the BCS National Championship Game against LSU on January 9.

McElwain is expected to be on the road recruiting for the Rams until the quiet period starts December 19. At that point, he will return to Tuscaloosa to help prep the Tide for their rematch with the Tigers.

McElwain replaces Steve Fairchild, who was fired Dec. 4 after going 16-33 in four seasons with the Rams, including three straight 3-9 finishes.

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