Jim McElwain named head coach at Central Michigan

Former Colorado State head football coach Jim McElwain has been hired as the next coach at Central Michigan.

McElwain coached at CSU from 2012-14, leading the Rams to a record of 22-16 during that span. In 2013, McElwain guided the Rams to its first bowl victory in five years when CSU defeated Washington State in the New Mexico Bowl. The following season, CSU went 10-2 and secured a spot in the Las Vegas Bowl, before McElwain parted for the University of Florida.

After two seasons with Florida, McElwain was fired in October 2017. The 56-year old spent this season as a wide receivers coach at the University of Michigan under Jim Harbaugh.

"Coach McElwain recruits outstanding student-athletes and gets the best out of them," director of athletics Michael Alford said in a statement. "He motivates his players and holds them accountable. He expects them to practice hard, win, go to class, graduate and be strong members of our community."

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