Jim McElwain going Saban style: Cites what 'real programs' do

Posted by: Pete Roussel on Tuesday March 06, 2012


Posted by: Pete Roussel on March 6, 2012

Jim McElwain is going Nick Saban style. (Not by playing noon-time basketball in Coleman Coliseum...and giving a chilling look to a student reporter with a tape recorder.)

No word on Saban's stat line from the Bama Coaches Basketball Association pick-up game yesterday, but several unofficial reports indicate defensive line coach Chris Rumph (6'4" 230 lane filler) pinned Nick's lay-up attempt against the backboard and followed with a strong..."Get u some, Nick."

Yes, those reports are unofficial.

McElwain announced on Monday that freshman players won't be allowed to talk with the media.  In addition, the Colorado State spring practice will be closed to the public and media.

"I really think if you check with anyone around the country -- I guess, I don't know for sure -- the majority of the real programs in the country don't allow their freshmen to speak to the media."

"I think that's two things: That helps us from the standpoint where it helps them get their feet wet, know what it's all about; and the older guys are the guys who should be focused on. It's something where everywhere I've been, that's been the policy."

McElwain says social media is 100% the reason for closed practices.

He explained, "As I go back, it's nothing personal. It's a policy, and it's how we're going to try to do things to be successful, create a winning environment within the organization and everybody who touches it. This is just all part of it."

On Monday, McElwain also lost defensive backs / recruiting coordinator Tim Duffie to Wake Forest.  Duffie became the 24th coach this off-season to accept two different jobs in matter of weeks.

Sources tell me that McElwain would like to hire another assistant with strong recruiting ties in the state of Texas.

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