Colorado State on Monday confirmed that football coach Jim McElwain, women's basketball coach Ryun Williams and volleyball coach Tom Hilbert all had agreed to new deals with the university. In his statement following his Friday firing, former athlethic director Jack Graham cited among his accomplishments agreeing to contract extensions with McElwain, Williams and Hilbert, plus a previously disclosed new deal with men's basketball coach Larry Eustachy. The Monday's announcements, made separately but simultaneously, confirmed those new deals. CSU said that McElwain, who is about to begin his third season with the Rams and originally was operating under a five-year contract, had agreed to a new five-year deal that takes him through 2018. His base salary increases from $1.35 million to $1.5 million. McElwain's buyout increases to $7.5 million. The Rams were 4-8 under McElwain in 2012, then 8-6 last season, winning the New Mexico Bowl with a major comeback against Washington State. McElwain previously was the offensive coordinator at Alabama for four seasons, winding up in Tuscaloosa after stays as an assistant at Fresno State, Michigan State, Louisville, Montana State and Eastern Washington — with a one-season stint with the NFL's Oakland Raiders thrown in there. After the Rams' Monday morning practice, McElwain said: "First and foremost, Colorado State University's a great place." He praised the leadership of president Tony Frank and the school's board of governors. "For (wife) Karen and I, this is home," he added. McElwain also cited the other coaches whose new deals were announced. "This is a great place," he said. "The vision hasn't changed. This is a place to call home."
Jim McElwain, other coaches sign extensions with Colorado State University
Denver Post | Aug 11