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Jim McElwain bio

Discussion in 'Colorado Football Message Board' started by Buffnik, Sep 16, 2010.

  1. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    Since he's the new name being floated as Hawk's replacement and he's not as well-known to people as some of the other candidates, I though people would like to see his bio.

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    Age: 48
    Born: Missoula, MT

    Coach
    2008-present: Alabama, Offensive Coordinator
    2007: Fresno State, Offensive Coordinator
    2006: Oakland Raiders, QB Coach
    2003-2005: Michigan State, Assistant Head Coach, ST Coordinator & WR Coach
    2000-2002: Louisville, Special Teams Coordinator & WR Coach
    1995-1999: Montana State, Offensive Coordinator
    1987-1994: Eastern Washington, QB Coach / WR Coach

    Player
    1980-1983: Eastern Washington, QB

    Alabama went 12-2 his first year, won a national championship his second, and is an undefeated #1 ranked team so far this year. Fresno State went 9-4 with a bowl win over Georgia Tech. The Raiders year was the 2-14 season under Art Shell. At Michigan State, under John L Smith, his teams went 18-18 with 1 bowl loss. At Louisville, also under John L Smith, his teams went 27-11 with 2 C-USA championships.
     
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  2. Darth Snow

    Darth Snow Hawaiian Buffalo Club Member Junta Member

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    ****ing Montana State? RUN SCARED.
     
  3. Lt.Col.FrankSlade

    Lt.Col.FrankSlade Well-Known Member

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    So by the end of the year he'll have 3 years of coordinator experience at a BCS school.

    Meh. Doesn't excite me.
     
  4. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    If you don't count the 3 years as ST Coordinator at Michigan State.
     
  5. Darth Snow

    Darth Snow Hawaiian Buffalo Club Member Junta Member

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    and another 5 or 6 calling plays at other levels. Sounds good to me. How many years as OC did mac have?
     
  6. Lt.Col.FrankSlade

    Lt.Col.FrankSlade Well-Known Member

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    I don't count "special teams coordinator" as a coordinator position. Nor do I count "recruiting coordinator" as a coordinator position. There are two coordinator position. Offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator.
     
  7. Lt.Col.FrankSlade

    Lt.Col.FrankSlade Well-Known Member

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    I have no idea. I do know that he was hired by Bo Schembechler from a Detroit High School, he was then an assistant coach at Michigan for 8 years before Colorado hired him. I had always thought that he was a defensive coach, but he may have been offense.
     
  8. NashBuff

    NashBuff CSU Knob-Slobberer

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    It sounds like a coach that CU could get if Hawk is fired and remember that 'Bama fan giving advice...maybe that 'Bama fan knows something could be up between CU and McElwain. Plus he has those western connections as well. We can find some coaches with California and Texas roots and we are all set.

    Plus how do you like that 'Bama running game?

    Nebraska has done nicely with a SEC coach...maybe the Buffs need to do the same thing and hire a SEC coordinator.

    McELWAIN FOR CU COACH!
     
  9. Ruckus

    Ruckus Peep my words. Club Member

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    My favorite choice. (I suppose that might scare others away..oops)
     
  10. bombay

    bombay Club Member Club Member

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    Great coaches start somewhere. He's been a coordinater with the best team in the country for a couple of years.

    Well, the best aside from Utah.
     
  11. Darth Snow

    Darth Snow Hawaiian Buffalo Club Member Junta Member

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    like his offense style... not sure on effectiveness.
     
  12. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    Mac was the DC his last 5 years at Michigan.
     
  13. BuffaloSoldier76

    BuffaloSoldier76 Unsound Meat Club Member

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    If McElwain is a legitimate possibility, I am definitely on board with that option. No offense to Coach Mac as he has forgotten more about football than I'll ever know, but he has been out of the game for a decade and a half now. I love the guy, and he will always have a special place in Buffs lore, but the game isn't even remotely the same as it was when he hung em up. McElwain would be an AWESOME hire.
     
  14. InTheBuff

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    for me it comes down to ASSISTANT COACHES-

    who are his "coaching tree" connections ?

    Coach Mac's "coaching tree" connections are vast & I know he would bring a great staff to Boulder.
    Who would Jim McElwain bring ? from where ??
     
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  15. Darth Snow

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    +1
     
  16. Lt.Col.FrankSlade

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    Someone tell me what is so "awesome" about McElwain, so I can drink some of this kool aid.

    He's from Montana. He played QB at a small college. He got his coaching start at Eastern Washington. He then latched on to John L. Smith at Louisville, and followed him to Michigan State. He then left Michigan State to go to the Oakland Raiders, where he got fired after one season. He then went to Fresno where again, he stayed for one season. He then went to Alabama, where he is currently coaching.

    Other than the 3 years he's been at Alabama with Nick Saban, there's absolutely nothing about this guy's background that would entice CU (or anyone else) to hire him. I do like his ball control, power running offense.

    I would not put him high on my list. Would like to see him do it a bit more, first.
     
  17. Daaah

    Daaah Club Member Club Member

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    I'm coming around to this side of the argument. Also, what's so great about that Calhoun guy? Is it just that he's a colorado guy?
     
  18. Ruckus

    Ruckus Peep my words. Club Member

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    I'm going to be skeptical about every coach. I won't like any coach until results happen. I think this guy, Calhoun, and Mac could be good choices, but we should not limit the search to them either. The reason I'm more for McElwain than Mac or Calhoun is because he has no connection to us. He's not a former coach and he's not a Colorado guy looking to move to the big-time university. That doesn't make him better, but I just don't like going for someone just because it seems right. Search for the best guy, whoever it may be.
     
  19. Darth Snow

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    +1.
     
  20. BuffaloSoldier76

    BuffaloSoldier76 Unsound Meat Club Member

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    If Bohn hires another guy who is in state already (Mac/Calhoun) just so the school doesn't have to pay moving expenses, I'm going be quite upset.
     
  21. Lt.Col.FrankSlade

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    Unfortunately, the last guy we hired had zero connections to Colorado, too.
     
  22. Junction

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    3 more than some other popular candidates.

    I can't say I would mind tapping into what Bama has going on, but I'm not ready to buy on the spot, either.
     
  23. Ruckus

    Ruckus Peep my words. Club Member

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    Very unfortunate how he turned out. I don't believe it was because of no connections to Colorado.
     
  24. Lt.Col.FrankSlade

    Lt.Col.FrankSlade Well-Known Member

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    I agree - and for the record I'm not on the Bienemy or Embree bandwagon. I'd like to see both associated with the football program again - but I don't think either are ready for the position as CU's head coach.
     
  25. Junction

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    The guy before him did, though...
     
  26. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    Those have been his best hires.

    Hawkins and McConnell-Miller were the products of going national outside the program.
     
  27. Lt.Col.FrankSlade

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    No, I don't either. But I have heard multiple times that Hawkins has commented on how hard the CU job is, and how he was not prepared for all that he had to do at Colorado. I think that is a unique problem for CU, which has to be addressed. CU is a tough job, beyond the football field. The fans are very demanding but very fickle, the University doesn't completely support the football program, the City/State certainly don't support the football program, it isn't the "big dog" in it's own back yard (Broncos) but yet the fans (and to some extent the University) expect it to be.

    I think that any coach who has no ties to the football program is going to spend some time saying "wtf is up with that!" when he arrives at CU.
     
  28. Ruckus

    Ruckus Peep my words. Club Member

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    ^^ That coach should research his job offer before accepting. Know what you are getting yourself into, don't just complain after you get there. That's *****.
     
  29. Darth Snow

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    Especially since Hawk has screamed far and wide about how hard his job is, the next coach has no excuse not to figure out what hes getting himself into.
     
  30. BuffLuKe

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    I know he has seen A River Runs Through It lol. Leash has I know, he probably practices shadow casting when nobody is watching.
     

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