McElwain shows emotion upon return to Tuscaloosa

Good morning. It’s Wednesday. Now you can read my story for today’s print editions about Alabama offensive coordinator Jim McElwain.

TUSCALOOSA — His arms folded and eyes trained on the quarterback footwork drill, the Tuesday practice routine appeared no different for Jim McElwain.

Advice came here and there. It was just business as usual for the Alabama offensive coordinator.

There’s just one difference this week.

The clock is ticking on his tenure with the Crimson Tide, because he was hired as the new head coach at Colorado State last week. Part of the deal called for McElwain to lead the Alabama offense in the BCS title game against LSU on Jan. 9.

That meant returning to Tuscaloosa on Sunday after recruiting and building a staff in Fort Collins.

That homecoming brought somewhat of a different McElwain to the first pre-practice team meeting. Senior wide receiver Brandon Gibson said his coordinator of four years got a bit sentimental.

“It was kind of surprising that he did get a little emotional because I’ve never seen him that way,” Gibson said. “When you have people speaking from their heart, that’s how it usually goes.”

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