Interim athletic director John Morris announced Monday that Colorado State and football coach Jim McElwain have reached an agreement on a contract extension. The extension comes just seventy-two hours after the school fired former athletic director Jack Graham.
The former Alabama offensive coordinator is now under contract through the 2019 season. Additionally, Morris released two other deals that solidified the university’s head coaching positions for their four major sports, football, men’s basketball, volleyball, and women’s basketball.
In just his second season as head coach, McElwain led Colorado State to its first eight-win season since 2002 and a New Mexico Bowl victory against New Mexico. Prior to McElwain’s arrival the school had three consecutive 3-9 seasons before returning to prominence as a top contender in the Mountain West. CSU excelled on the football field from 1994-2002, however, had seen a decline in success in recent years.
This extension is well earned, and a show of faith that McElwain has this team headed in the right direction.