FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) – Colorado State football coach Jim McElwain says he hasn’t been contacted about the Louisville head coaching job, although he acknowledged he’s flattered that the Rams’ quick turnaround has drawn attention.
Speaking at a previously scheduled season-ending news conference Tuesday, McElwain said has hasn’t been “personally contacted” when asked if he’s had conversations with Louisville.
The Cardinals have an opening after Charlie Strong left to take over at Texas.
McElwain is 12-14 in two seasons at CSU but has the Rams (8-6) on the upswing after guiding them to a victory in the New Mexico Bowl last month.
McElwain is a former assistant coach with the Cardinals (2000-02) and Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich held that same position at Colorado State in the 1990s.
“I have not been personally contacted, no,” McElwain said. “I’m a Ram. There’s obviously some things out there, yet I don’t look at that. I didn’t look to take this job. I didn’t look to be the (offensive) coordinator at Alabama.
“The exciting thing, at least for myself, is that people are taking note about what we are accomplishing at Colorado State University, (with) the direction, and where we have come from in a short period of time. It’s kind of flattering when you hear it,” McElwain added.
“Yet, if my dad was around, the one thing he instilled in me is, you don’t worry about what’s next. You worry about what you’re doing now. If somebody takes note, great. That means you’re doing something right.”
Led by senior linebacker Shaquil Barrett and redshirt sophomore running back Kapri Bibbs, the Rams beat Washington State 48-45 in Albuquerque to kick off the bowl season, overcoming a 15-point deficit with three minutes left.
Bibbs, who rushed for a school record 1,741 yards and 31 touchdowns, declared his intention afterward to enter this spring’s NFL draft.
“I support him,” McElwain said. “I’m here to help him.”
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