It's official, Jim McElwain is leaving for Alabama and Fresno State will be searching for its third offensive coordinator in three seasons. Alabama officials announced McElwain's hiring early this morning in a statement.
"Jim is a phenomenal coach and we are thrilled to have him on board," said Alabama head coach Nick Saban in the news release. "He did an outstanding job last year at Fresno State. Their improvement on offense, especially in the play of their quarterback, was tremendous."
McElwain turned down the head coaching job at Eastern Washington earlier this month, but Alabama calling was a different situation.
"I'm excited as heck about the opportunity to join the staff at the University of Alabama," McElwain said. "I'm looking forward to the challenge and I'm ready to hit the ground running as soon as I arrive in Tuscaloosa. Coach Saban and his staff have the Alabama football program on the rise and I want to do my part to continue that momentum. I'm leaving a great place at Fresno State and appreciate all that Coach [Pat] Hill, the players, the staff, and the fans did for me and my family while we were there."
Saban contacted Hill last week, asking permission to speak with McElwain.
According to reports, he interviewed in Alabama on Monday.